MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
US-based Vice News reporter Philip John Pendlebury – trial for “financial aid for terrorism” and “propagandizing for a terrorist organization”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Philip John Pendlebury
CITY
Diyarbakır
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2017
LAST UPDATED
24/12/2020
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Internet
Internet News Portal
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
Approval of the indictment and initiating the prosecution
THE LEGAL GROUNDS FOR INTERFERENCE
Anti-Terror Law
Art. 7/2

Vice news correspondent Jacop Philip John Gingell Hanrahan, cameraman Philipi John Pendlebury, their translator Mohamed Ismael Rasool and their driver Abdurrahman Direkci were detained on 28 August 2015 when they came to Diyarbakır to shoot a documentary about the life under curfew in Cizre, Silopi, Nusaybin and Sur.

They face up to 67 years of imprisonment for “knowingly and willingly aiding an armed terrorist organization as a non-member” and “propagandising for a terrorist organisation” at the 8th High Criminal Court of Diyarbakır. In the trial held on February 27, 2017, the court lifted Rasools’s and Direkci’s bans on leaving the country and adjourned the hearing to July 2017.

At the hearing of the case held on December 24, 2020, it was seen that the letter of instruction sent to the Ministry of Justice, requesting that the testimonies of the defendants living in England be taken through rogatory, had not yet been replied. The court has ruled that the reply shall be awaited. The next hearing will be held on May 20, 2021 (December 24).