21 November 2019:
Journalists Canan Coşkun, Can Uğur and Ali Açar will stand trial over 2016 news reports published in March 2016 in Cumhuriyet daily and the online edition of BirGün newspaper about the police officer who allegedly shot Berkin Elvan. All three are charged with “making those involved in the fight against terrorism a target” in the indictment, dated 21 November 2019. The indictment claims that the news reports revealed the identity of the police officer. The trial will be overseen by the 34th High Criminal Court of Istanbul. The first hearing is set for 9 April 2020.
18 November 2019:
Pro-government businessman Mehmet Cengiz, the chairman of Cengiz Holding, has filed a lawsuit against the Cumhuriyet newspaper, seeking TL 1 million in non-pecuniary damages over a news report published on 6 October 2019.
Alev Coşkun, the newspaper’s publisher and chair of the board of Cumhuriyet Foundation, and reporter Hazal Ocak will be appearing before the 14th Anadolu Civil Court of First Instance on 8 January 2020 for the first hearing of the lawsuit.
13 November 2019:
Journalists Canan Coşkun and Tuba Demir and documentary filmmaker Kazım Kızıl were taken into custody on 13 November 2019 in the Eynesil district of Giresun, where they had gone to cover the Parliamentary Investigation Commission’s investigation into the suspicious death of 11-year-old Rabia Naz Vatan in 2018. The girl lost her life in the hospital after being found severely wounded in front of her house. Rabia Naz Vatan’s father Şaban Vatan was also arrested.
According to the Giresun Governor’s Office, the four were arrested for locking up Mürsel Küçükal, a witness in the investigation of Rabia Naz Vatan’s death, in a studio to threaten him.
After their interrogations, the four were referred to the Görele Criminal Judgeship of Peace, where they were released under judicial control measures on the night of 14 November. Besides an international travel ban, the court ruled to prohibit the four from approaching the witness’ home.
20 June 2019:
"I am the former legal reporter of the Cumhuriyet newspaper. The day the arrests were made, I wrote about the incident and sent it to my chief. I don't have the authority on how or on which page the report will be published. I am a reporter. Performing my duty, I delivered the report to relevant units. I did not commit an offense."
Coşkun's attorney Abbas Yalçınsöz requested the acquittal of her client, saying that the lawsuit was filed two years after the report was published. The court ruled for the acquittal of the reporter, stating that her act does not constitute a crime according to the relevant law. (HA/VK)
24 January 2019:
The trial of Canan Coşkun, a former court reporter for the opposition daily Cumhuriyet, started in Istanbul on January 24, the news website T24 reported. Coşkun is accused of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a 2015 reportheadlined "Erdoğan ordered, journalism arrested," which was about the arrest of Cumhuriyet journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül. Coşkun's lawyers told the court the case should be dropped because it was filed after the statute of limitations had passed, according to the report.
1 October 2018:
Two more journalists part ways with Cumhuriyet
Canan Coşkun, a legal affairs reporter facing years in prison for a report on Turkish judicial officials, and finance editor and reporter Pelin Ünker are the latest in a wave of journalists parting ways with secularist daily Cumhuriyet since it restructured its editorial staff in September.
Turkish court sentences Cumhuriyet journalist to two years in jail
A Turkish court sentenced a daily Cumhuriyet reporter to more than two years in jail on July 19 over charges of making people potential targets for militant groups through her reporting, the paper said.
The case was triggered by an article written by Canan Coşkun last September about prosecutors’ questioning detained lawyers for two hunger-striking teachers allegedly linked to the far-leftist Revolutionary People’s Liberation Army-Front (DHKP-C) militant group, viewed as a terror network by Turkey.
The court found out that Coşkun, who covered Istanbul courts as her beat, made “people involved in the fight against terrorism a target,” Cumhuriyet said.
A lawyer for Coşkun told the court the naming of a prosecutor in that article did not amount to making that person a target and denied the charges against her, rights group Amnesty International reported on Twitter.
“Another punishment for press freedom,” main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmaker Sezgin Tanrıkulu, who attended the hearing, wrote on Twitter.
“Writing a story and being a journalist is sufficient for a court to take a ‘negative view,’” said Tanrıkulu.
In April, a Turkish court sentenced 14 Cumhuriyet staffers to jail on charges of terrorism and supporting the network of Fethullah Gülen, a U.S.-based cleric blamed for organizing an attempted coup on July 15, 2016.
Since the attempted putsch, more than 120 journalists have been detained and more than 180 media outlets have closed on suspicion of links to the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ).
Free speech advocacy group Reporters Without Borders in April ranked Turkey 157 out of 180 countries in its annual report on global press freedom and estimated about 90 percent of Turkey’s newspaper coverage is pro-government. Source