27 March 2019:
Pro-Kurdish journalist sentenced to 15 months in prison on terror charges
Pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya news agency reporter Lezgin Akdeniz was sentenced to one year and 3 months in jail on charge of terrorist propaganda.
Media reported that Akdeniz was convicted of the above-mentioned charge and was given 15 months of sentence.
27 January 2019:
A Diyarbakır court on January 27 accepted an indictment that accuses Lezgin Akdeniz, a Mezopotamya News Agency reporter, of "making continuous propaganda for a [terrorist] organization," the Mezopotamya News Agency reported. Evidence cited in the indictment includes testimony from a witness and two Facebook posts that the journalist liked. Akdeniz, who is free pending the outcome of the case, finds the situation "absurd," according to the report.
10 October 2018
Police took at least six journalists and two newspaper distributors into custody, alongside 90 politicians, as part of a large crackdown in Diyarbakır on October 9, according to a report by Mezopotamya News Agency (MA).
9 October 2018:
The Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday issued detention warrants for 151 people including journalists in operations targeting the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its umbrella organization, the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), news website Gazete Duvar reported.
The Turkish Interior Ministry on Friday announced that 88 people have been detained in operations targeting the PKK and KCK.
New operations came two days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he would appoint trusties to municipalities in which anyone linked with the PKK is elected as mayor in local elections in March 2019.