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06 July

Journalists in State of Emergency - 148

Verdict issued in long-running trial into former columnists and editors of Zaman daily; indictment against jailed reporter Berzan Güneş accepted

An Istanbul court on July 6 convicted six former Zaman columnists and editors of “membership in a terrorist organization” while acquitting five of the defendants in the long-running case.
The 13th High Criminal Court of Istanbul found columnists Ahmet Turan Alkan, Ali Bulaç, Şahin Alpay, Mümtazer Türköne, Zaman’s Ankara representative Mustafa Ünal and the newspaper’s night shift editor İbrahim Karayeğen guilty of the “membership in a terrorist group” charge, handing down prison sentences of various lengths between 8 years and 9 months and 10.5 years.
The panel acquitted columnists Lale Sarıibrahimoğlu, Nuriye Ural, İhsan Dağı, editor Mehmet Özdemir and lawyer Orhan Kemal Cengiz of all charges.
A report about the hearing, monitored by P24, can be accessed here.
Jailed reporter Berzan Güneş set for first hearing in August
The indictment against jailed journalist Berzan Güneş has been issued.
Güneş, a reporter for the Mezopotamya news agency, was jailed pending trial on June 11. In pretrial detention in the Şırnak T Type Prison, Güneş will appear before the High Criminal Court of Iğdır on August 7 for the first hearing of his trial.
Güneş is charged with “conducting propaganda for a terrorist organization” on account of his news stories about Turkey’s military operation on Syria’s Afrin.
Artı Gerçek’s Fadıl Öztürk appears in court for social media posts
Fadıl Öztürk, a poet and a contributor to the news website Artı Gerçek, appeared in an Izmir court on July 3 for the first hearing of a trial in which he is accused of “conducting propaganda for a terrorist organization” via his social media posts and his articles.
Addressing the 2nd High Criminal Court of Izmir during the trial, Öztürk denied the accusation, while his lawyer, Aysun Akşehirlioğlu, requested for the judicial control measures and the overseas travel ban imposed on Öztürk to be lifted.
Following the defense statements, the prosecutor submitted his final opinion, in which he requested that Öztürk is convicted of “propaganda.”
Öztürk’s lawyer requested for additional time to prepare a defense statement in response to the prosecutor’s final opinion. Issuing an interim ruling, the court ruled for the continuation of the judicial control measures imposed on Öztürk and adjourned the trial until October 2, 2018, for the defense statement to be prepared.
Öztürk was taken into custody on January 5 in Izmir based on an arrest and search warrant on grounds that he “conducted propaganda for a terrorist group in his articles.” He was released from custody four days later, on January 9, under judicial control measures.
Court rules non-jurisdiction over Kemal Demir case, sends file to Mersin
Kemal Demir, a former camera operator for TV10, imprisoned since November 2017, appeared before an Istanbul court on July 3 for the first hearing of his trial.
Demir, in pretrial detention in Silivri Prison, is standing trial alongside Kemal Karagöz, another former TV10 employee, in the case.
Addressing the court during the hearing, Demir said he had a family he had to take care of and requested for his release pending trial.
The 28th High Criminal Court of Istanbul ruled it had no jurisdiction over the case and ruled to transfer the case file to a high criminal court in Mersin, while also ordering the continuation of Demir’s pretrial detention.
TV10 was closed down by a statutory decree.
Seda Taşkın remains behind bars after second hearing
Jailed Mezopotamya news agency reporter Seda Taşkın, on July 2, appeared before a court in Muş for the second hearing of a trial in which she is indicted for “terrorism propaganda” and “membership in a terrorist group.”
The 2nd High Criminal Court of Muş ruled for the continuation of Taşkın’s pretrial detention and adjourned the trial until September 12, 2018.
For a detailed report on the hearing, monitored by P24, click here.
2 journalists sentenced to judicial fine for failing to blur photo
The 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance of Istanbul on July 2 sentenced two journalists from Yurt daily to a judicial fine of TL 20,000 on grounds of a news photo featured in a March 2016 edition of the newspaper.
The court found Yurt editors Bahadır Akdeniz and Sibel Köklü guilty because they failed to blur the face of a child victim of a March 19, 2016, suicide attack by ISIS on Istanbul’s Istiklal Street in the said photo.
Other free expression cases of the past week
- A court in the central Anatolian city of Nevşehir on July 5 jailed a Nevşehir citizen pending trial on grounds that he “insulted the president” on social media. The suspect had been in custody based on a complaint. 

- Actress Berna Laçin is facing a criminal investigation for “insulting the religious values of the people” in one of her social media posts. Laçin was reacting to the ongoing public debate concerning the reinstitution of capital punishment in Turkey in her Twitter post, which prompted the Istanbul Anadolu Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office to launch the investigation. 

- Stage actor Bülent Bektaş, a conscientious objector, appeared before an Ankara court on July 3 to give his defense statement in a case where he is indicted for his social media posts. The 29th High Criminal Court of Ankara adjourned the trial until November 6, 2018. 

- An Istanbul court on June 26 jailed advertising professional Hakan Aykut Nili for “inciting the public to hatred and animosity” on social media. Nili was arrested on June 25, one day after Turkey’s June 24 elections, on grounds of one of his social media posts that included a remark concerning the election results. His lawyer announced on July 6 that Nili has been released pending trial. 

List of journalists and media workers in prison
Following the release of imprisoned journalists Ahmet Turan Alkan and İbrahim Karayeğen at the end of the Zaman trial on July 6, at least 179 journalists and media workers remain behind bars either as convicts or in pretrial detention in Turkey’s prisons.
The full list can be accessed here.
1                Abdulkadir Turay, DİHA reporter
2                Abdullah Kaya, DİHA
3                Abdullah Kılıç, Habertürk
4                Abdullah Özyurt, Zaman reporter
5                Abdulvahap İş, freelance journalist
6                Adil Demirci, ETHA reporter
7                Ahmet Altan
8                Ahmet Feyzullah Özyurt
9                Ahmet Memiş, Haberdar news website
10              Ahmet Metin Sekizkardeş, Zaman
11              Ahmet Yavaş, TRT (Erzurum)
12              Ali Ahmet Böken, TRT News coordinator
13              Ali Akkuş, Zaman
14              Ali Aşikar, Azadiya Welat
15              Ali Babür Boysal, Zaman page designer
16              Ali Sönmez Kayar, ETHA reporter
17              Ali Ünal, Zaman columnist
18              Ali Yüce, TRT Radio broadcasts chief
19              Arafat Dayan, Demokratik Ulus
20              Aslı Ceren Aslan, Özgür Gelecek
21              Ayşe Nazlı Ilıcak
22              Ayşenur Parıldak, Zaman, Haberdar
23              Aytekin Gezici, journalist/writer
24              Aziz İstegün, Diyarbakır Zaman representative
25              Barış Ceyhan, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi employee
26              Bayram Kaya, Zaman reporter
27              Behram Kılıç
28              Berzan Güneş, Mezopotamya Agency reporter
29              Beytullah Özdemir, Zaman Düzce bureau chief
30              Burçin Dokgöz, former Zaman and Çorum reporter
31              Cemal Azmi Kalyoncu, Journalists and Writers’ Foundation
32              Cemal Tunç, Gün Matbaacılık employee
33              Ceren Taşkın, Hatay'ın Sesi
34              Cuma Ulus, Millet newspaper’s publications coordinator
35              Cumali Çaygeç, TRT Şeş news director
36              Cumali Öz, Gün Matbaacılık employee
37              Cüneyt Seza Özkan, Samanyolu TV
38              Çetin Kurşun, Azadiya Welat
39              Doğan Baran, Odak magazine owner, managing editor
40              Ece Sevim Öztürk, Çağdaş Ses editor in chief
41              Emin Demir, freelancer
42              Emre Soncan, Zaman defense reporter
43              Ercan Gün, Fox TV
44              Erdal Süsem, Eylül magazine editor
45              Erdal Şen, former Meydan managing editor
46              Erdoğan Zamur, Gün Matbaacılık employee
47              Erol Yüksel, TRT News Department vice president
48              Erol Zavar, Odak magazine owner and newsroom director
49              Fahrettin Kılıç, Özgür Toplum
50              Faruk Akkan, Cihan news agency
51              Ferhat Çiftçi, Azadiya Welat Gaziantep bureau chief
52              Ferhat Parlak, Silvan Mücadele newspaper owner
53              Fevzi Yazıcı, Zaman chief designer
54              Gökçe Fırat Çulhaoğlu, Türksolu columnist
55              Gökhan Öner, former Dihaber reporter
56              Gurbet Çakar, Hevi women’s magazine
57              Gültekin Avcı
58              Habip Güler, Zaman reporter
59              Hakan Aksel, TRT producer-director
60              Hakan Ergün, Azadiya Welat and Özgür Gündem distributor
61              Hakan Taşdelen
62              Halil İbrahim Mert, TRT (Erzurum)
63              Hamit Dilbahar, Azadiya Welat columnist
64              Hamza Günerigök, TRT
65              Hanım Büşra Erdal, Zaman reporter and columnist
66              Hasan Bzokurt, Bugün reporter
67              Hasan Duman, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi distributor
68              Hatice Duman, Atılım newspaper owner and managing editor
69              Havva Cuştan, ETHA reporter
70              Haydar Ergül, Demokratik Modernite editor
71              Hicran Ürün, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi editor
72              Hidayet Karaca, Samanyolu Media Group president
73              Hüseyin Aydın, Cihan reporter
74              İdris Okur, Cihan New Agency Çorum reporter
75              İdris Sayılgan, DİHA
76              İdris Yılmaz
77              İhsan Sinmiş, Gün Matbaacılık employee
78              İhsan Yaşar, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi owner
79              İrfan Karaca, Gün Matbaacılık employee
80              İshak Yasul, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi responsible managing editor
81              İsmail Çoban, former Azadiya Welat managing editor
82              İsmail Ersan, Anatolia news agency
83              İsminaz Temel, ETHA editor
84              Kamuran Sunbat, former DİHA Çukurova reporter
85              Kasım Zengin, owner of Gün Matbaacılık
86              Kazım Canlan, Cihan news agency Ankara news director
87              Kazım Göçer, Gün Matbaacılık employee
88              Kemal Daşdöğen, Gün Matbaacılık employee
89              Kemal Demir, TV 10
90              Kemal Özer, Evrensel
91              Kemal Sancılı, Özgür Gündem copyrights holder
92              Kenan Karavil, Radyo Dünya editor-in-chief
93              Kubilay Çelik, Antropolog magazine responsible managing editor
94              Mahmut Abay, Gün Matbaacılık employee
95              Mehmet Ali Ay
96              Mehmet Ali Çelebi, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi editor
97              Mehmet Baransu, Taraf columnist/reporter
98              Mehmet Dursun
99              Mehmet Emin Sümeli, Gün Matbaacılık employee
100            Mehmet Güleş, DİHA
101            Mehmet Gündem
102            Mehmet Kadir Özkara, Gün Matbaacılık employee
103            Mehmet Kuru, Zaman Eskişehir reporter
104            Mehmet Sıddık damar, DİHA
105            Meltem Oktay, DİHA reporter
106            Metin Arslan, Bugün reporter
107            Mikail Barut, Özgür Halk former editor
108            Miktat Algül, Mezitli FM broadcast coordinator
109            Mizgin Çay, Radyo Karacadağ
110            Muhammed Sait Kuloğlu, owner of Subuhaber.com
111            Muhammet Özkan, Gün Matbaacılık employee
112            Muhsin Pilgir, Zaman and Cihan news agency
113            Murat Çapan, Nokta
114            Murat Dağdeviren, Demokrat Gebze owner
115            Musa Kaya, Gün Matbaacılık employee
116            Mustafa Erkan Acar, Bugün news editor
117            Mustafa Gök, Ankara bureau chief for Ekmek ve Adalet magazine
118            Mustafa Göktaş, Özgür Gündem Şanlıurfa reporter
119            Mustafa Ünal, Zaman
120            Mutlu Çölgeçen, Millet, newsroom coordinator
121            Mutlu Özay, Cihan reporter
122            Mümtazer Türköne, Zaman columnist
123            Mürsel Demir, Gün Matbaacılık employee
124            Nadir Yücel, Çorum Yıldız local newspaper editor-in-chief
125            Necat Hizarcı, Gün Matbaacılık employee
126            Nedim Türfent, DİHA
127            Nizamettin İzgi, Batman newspaper owner
128            Nuh Gönültaş, Bugün columnist
129            Nuri Durna, TRT
130            Nuri Yeşil, Azadiya Welat Dersim bureau chief
131            Nurullah Kaya, Gaziantep Zaman representative
132            Oğuz Usluer, Habertürk former broadcasts coordinator
133            Osman Yakut, Zaman Antalya
134            Ömer Oruç, Cihan newspaper
135            Özcan Keser, TRT reporter
136            Özgür Bozkurt, Gün Matbaacılık employee
137            Pınar Gayıp, ETHA reporter
138            Pınar Tarlak, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi employee
139            Polat Arslan, Gün Matbaacılık employee
140            Reyhan Çapan, Özgür Gündem managing editor
141            Reyhan Hacıoğlu, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi editor
142            Sadettin Demirtaş, Gün Matbaacılık employee
143            Sadık Demir, Radyo Karacadağ
144            Sait Gürkan Tuzlu, Cihan reporter
145            Salih Erbekler, Radyo Karacadağ
146            Sami Tunca, Mücadele Birliği magazine managing editor
147            Seda Taşkın, Mezopotamya News Agency reporter
148            Semiha Mete, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi reporter/distributor
149            Semiha Şahin, ETHA editor
150            Serhat Şeftali, Zaman regional bureau chief for the Med region
151            Serkan Aydemir, Bitlis Aktüel reporter
152            Serpil Ünal, Mücadele Birliği reporter
153            Sertan Önal, Halkın Günlüğü reporter
154            Seyid Kılıç, TRT News
155            Seyithan Akyüz, Azadiya Welat Adana bureau chief
156            Sezai Yavaş, TRT Diyarbakır deputy regional director
157            Songül Yücel, Önsöz editor in chief
158            Süleyman Acar, Mücadele Birliği editor in chief
159            Süleyman Güneş, Gün Matbaacılık employee
160            Şahabettin Demir, DİHA reporter
161            Şeref Yılmaz, Irmak TV
162            Şerife Oruç, DİHA reporter
163            Şirin Kabakçı, Zaman Konya bureau chief
164            Togay Okay, Özgür Gelecek
165            Turgut Usul, TRT reporter
166            Ufuk Şanlı, former Vatan columnist
167            Uğur Selman Kelekçiler, Gün Matbaacılık employee
168            Ünal Tanık, Rota Haber editor-in-chief
169            Vahit Yazgan, İzmir Zaman bureau chief
170            Veli Büyükşahin, TV10 executive
171            Veli Haydar Güleç, TV10 executive
172            Yakup Çetin, Zaman reporter
173            Yakup Şimşek, Zaman, marketing director
174            Yalçın Güler, TRT (Erzurum)
175            Yener Dönmez, Habervaktim news website
176            Yetkin Yıldız, Aktif Haber website editor
177            Yılmaz Kahraman, Özgür Halk editor
178            Zehra Doğan, Jinha
179            Ziya Ataman, DİHA reporter

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