The fourth hearing in the trial of Jin News news director Safiye Alağaş on the charges of “disseminating propaganda for a terrorist group,” “inciting the public to hatred and animosity” and “praising crime or a criminal” took place on 22 October 2019 at the 4th High Criminal Court of Diyarbakır. The trial was launched upon a complaint filed by the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK).
Alağaş and her lawyer Pirozhan Karali were in attendance at the courtroom. Submitting their final opinion, the prosecutor asked the court to convict Alağaş of “disseminating propaganda for a terrorist organization” over news reports published on the website jinnews1.com.
Delivering her defense statement against the final opinion, Alağaş rejected the accusations and requested to be acquitted. Issuing its verdict at the end of the hearing, the court acquitted Alağaş of the charges against her, ruling that the elements of the alleged offense were not present.
“Propaganda” trial against Jin News director gets underway
Safiye Alağaş, the news director of the feminist news collective Jin News, on 11 December appeared before a court in Diyarbakır for the first hearing of her trial on the charge of “conducting propaganda for a terrorist organization,” facing up to 5 years in prison.
4 March 2018:
Turkish authorities shut down all female news agency
A news website in the Turkey, repeatedly shut down by the authorities is refusing to give up the fight to publish, reports Malaysian newspaper “The Sun Daily”. Jin News Agency, which is staffed only by women, operates from the Kurdish city of Diyarbakır in Turkey’s south-east and focuses reporting on Kurdish and women’s issues.
It has been repeatedly shut down by Turkish authorities, who accuse the agency of "terror propaganda" for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). It website is currently blocked in Turkey.
Camerawoman Beritan Elyakut says the agency is unable to "reach the outside world", adding that the website has used six different domain names, "but closures continued uninterrupted". Its latest website domain, jinnews7.com, was blocked in Turkey on Feb 22. While Jin News once had 60 journalists working for the agency across, this has now fallen to 25.
"Women are persecuted (in Turkey), and as a women's news agency we must show this," says Safiye Alagas, another photographer working at the agency, who also explains that the repeated shut downs are symptomatic of this. **