Indictment against nine journalists sent to court

The indictment against 9 journalists, including Esra Solin Dal, Mehmet Aslan and Erdoğan Alayumat, who were imprisoned in an Istanbul based operation, was sent to Istanbul 25th High Criminal Court.

On 23 April, Mezopotamya Agency (MA) reporters Esra Solin Dal and Mehmet Aslan, Yeni Yaşam Newspaper employee Enes Sezgin, Free Press employees Saliha Aras, Yeşim Alıcı, Beste Argat Balcı, Şirin Ermiş and Erdoğan Alayumat and former MA reporter Doğan Kaynak were detained in house raids.

On 26 April, journalists Mehmet Aslan, Esra Solin Dal and Erdoğan Alayumat were taken before the Çağlayan Courthouse and arrested on charges of "being a member of an illegal organisation", a systematic and arbitrary tool of repression.

Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office completed its investigation against the journalists and sent the indictment to Istanbul 25th High Criminal Court.

The court has 15 days to decide whether to accept the indictment.