Six journalists sentenced to prison in Turkey in September

The Journalists' Association of Turkey has announced that six journalists were sentenced to 27 years and 3 months in prison in September.

The September report of the ‘Price of News’ project, conducted by journalist Hayri Demir with the support of the Journalists Association's Media for Democracy/Democracy for the Media project has been announced.

The report revealed that 49 journalists stood trial in 32 different cases in 9 different cities during the month of September. 14 separate hearings were held in Istanbul and 6 others were held in Amed (Diyarbakır) province.


The report noted that in the hearings held in September, the journalists faced two aggravated life sentences, imprisonment from 266 years 4 months and 15 days up to 649 years 4 months and 15 days and a compensation of 80,000 TL. The courts passed verdicts in 3 cases, while 29 hearings were postponed to later dates. Six of the journalists standing trial in these cases were sentenced to 27 years and 3 months in prison. A verdict of acquittal was rendered for the 5 journalists on trial.

According to the report, new lawsuits were filed against 4 journalists in September. New investigations were opened against 6 journalists. 3 different newspapers were sued for compensation of 100 thousand TL each.

4 journalists were detained on the grounds of various investigations. A journalist was put behind bars after his prison sentence became final.

The report noted that at least 8 journalists faced threats, attacks and crackdowns during the past month.