MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
The trial of Journalist Diha reporter Mehmet Güleş – “membership in a terrorist organization” and “propagandizing for a terrorist organization”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Mehmet Güleş
CITY
Elazığ
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2016
LAST UPDATED
26/06/2019
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Internet
News Agency
THE TITLE OF WHOSE RIGHT IS INTERFERED
Journalist
RIGHTS GUARANTEED UNDER THE RIGHT OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Right to Impart Information and Ideas
TYPE OF INTERFERENCE
Judicial Interference
Criminal Courts
Sentence to imprisonment
THE LEGAL GROUNDS FOR INTERFERENCE
Turkish Penal Code
Art. 314/2

Journalist Diha reporter Mehmet Güleş was arrested on December 7, 2016. At the last hearing held on May 3, 2017, the court ruled that Güleş shall be sentenced to 6 years and 3 months in prison on charge of  “membership in a terrorist organization” and be sentenced to 3 years, 1 month and 15 days in prison on charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization”. Güleş was sentenced to 9 years, 4 months and 15 days in prison in total.

The 16th Penal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Appeals has upheld the prison sentence of 9 years, 4 months and 15 days that was ordered to journalist Mehmet Güleş, who was working as a reporter at the Dicle News Agency (DİHA), which was closed as per a Statutory Decree.