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Rojhat Doğru.
Journalist formerly with the northern Iraq outlet Gali Kurdistan TV.

28-Jan-2019

10 January 2019:
Journalist Rojhat Doğru ordered to remain behind bars

Journalist Rojhat Doğru, who was jailed pending trial on 5 December on the charge of “membership in a terrorist group,” appeared in the first hearing of his trial on 10 January. The charges against Doğru in the case file are “disrupting the unity of the state” and “willful injury.”

 Addressing the 8th High Criminal Court of Diyarbakır via the courtroom video-conferencing system SEGBİS during the hearing, Doğru rejected the accusations. His lawyer, Resul Tamur, said the accusations against his client were based on Doğru’s journalistic activity and requested his acquittal and release.The court ordered the continuation of Doğru’s pre-trial detention and adjourned the trial.



5 December 2018:


Journalists in court 
A Diyarbakır Court on December 5 ordered Rojhat Doğru, a journalist formerly with the northern Iraq outlet Gali Kurdistan TV, to be detained pending investigation, the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya Agency reported. According to the report, Doğru was taken into custody in Istanbul on the accusation of "being a member of a [terrorist] organization," and appeared at the Diyarbakır court via teleconference.

Doğru pleaded not guilty and told the judge he did not know the people the police had asked him about, that it was at least two years since he last used the telephone number police asked him about, and that he has not used his Facebook account for a long time. Evidence cited for Doğru's arrest was an interview he did for Gali Kurdistan TV with PKK members at a public event in Iraq, which he also posted visuals from on Facebook. The report did not specify the date he was detained or where he was being held.