Last update: 26-Apr-2020
30 January 2020:
Jin News reporter Melike Aydın was released from İzmir Aliağa Şakran Closed Women’s Prison on 30 January 2020. Aydın had been in prison since 16 November 2019, when she was arrested in relation to an investigation conducted by the Izmir Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.
Aydın’s lawyer Şükran Öztürk filed for Aydın’s release pending trial on 29 January. The 2nd High Criminal Court of Izmir, which will be overseeing Aydın’s trial, ordered the journalist’s release pending trial.
12, 15 November 2019:
Demir and Aydın, who were arrested for “acting on behalf of a terrorist organization,” were questioned about the phone calls they had with their news sources and the content of their news stories.
Demir and Aydın were brought to the İzmir Courthouse on 15 November. After giving their statements to a prosecutor, they were referred to the 1st Criminal Judgeship of Peace, which ruled to jail both journalists pending trial in the early hours of 16 November. Both Demir and Aydın were sent to the Izmir Aliağa Şakran Women’s Prison.
In addition to Demir and Aydın, the court jailed nine other people arrested as part of the investigation while it ruled to release one of the suspects under an international travel ban.
Jin News reporter Melike Aydın given 15-month jail sentence
Jin News reporter Melike Aydın was sentenced to 15 months in prison on the charge of “disseminating propaganda for a terrorist organization” on 9 September 2019 at what was the second hearing of her trial over a social media post from 2006. The Bayraklı 20th High Criminal Court in Izmir deferred Aydın’s sentence.