Week of trials against free press

This week several trials against journalists and papers will resume at courts. 

On Tuesday, 21 May, the fourteenth hearing of the trial against Özgür Gündem daily’s administrators and staff (Co Editors-in-Chief Eren Keskin and Hüseyin Aykol, Managing Editor Reyhan Çapan, columnists Filiz Koçali, Ayşe Berktay, Nuray Özdoğan, Celalettin Can, Ayşe Batumlu, Reyhan Hacıoğlu, Bülent Alp, Cemal Bozkurt, Çetin Ulu, Emrullah Kurcan, Ruhat Kaya, Serbest Zan,Tahir Temel, Enver Baysal, Ergin Atabey, Hasan Başak, Hüseyin Güçlü, İhsan Yorulmaz, Muzaffer Ayata) is scheduled. The paper staff face “praising an offense or an offender,” “provoking commitment of a crime,” and “making terrorist propaganda”. The hearing will be at Istanbul 14th High Criminal Court.

The first hearing of the trial where journalist Ahmet Altan faces “insulting a public officer” charges based on a column he wrote in 2010 titled “The big war has started” which was published in Taraf daily will be held at Anadolu 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance in Istanbul. On Thursday, 23 May the tenth hearing of the trial where Academics for Peace signatories Esra Mungan, Meral Camcı, Muzaffer Kaya and Kıvanç Ersoy face “making terrorist propaganda” charges will take place at Istanbul 13rd High Criminal Court.

This is the first case against the Academics for Peace petition signatories. Several academics were in prison for a time. 

The ninth hearing of the trial where 27 defendants including journalist and translator Meşale Tolu face “membership in a terrorist organization” and “terrorist propaganda” charges will take place at Istanbul 29th High Criminal Court.