MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Yakup Önal – trial for “unlawful dissemination of personal data”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Yakup Önal
CITY
Tekirdağ
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2021
LAST UPDATED
16/06/2021
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Internet
Social Media Account
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
Other
THE LEGAL GROUNDS FOR INTERFERENCE
Turkish Penal Code
Art. 136

A lawsuit was filed against journalist Yakup Önal for “disseminating personal data in an unlawful manner” on the grounds that he posted a video on the Şarköy’ün Sesi (The Voice of Şarköy) Facebook account, where he criticized that flagstones were laid in front of the housing estate where the house of CHP’s Şarköy Deputy Mayor Adnan Sevim was located. Yakup Önal, a journalist for 32 years, became a defendant without his statement taken by the prosecutor’s office. He will stand trial in the next months and face up to 4 years in prison over the video that he filmed in 2019 because “public loss was caused through personal gain by using position and rank” (June 16).