Six Turkish journalists were given 15-month suspended sentences on Wednesday on charges of disseminating terrorist propaganda while serving as the symbolic editor-in-chief for a day of the now-closed Kurdish Özgür Gündem daily in 2016, the Medyascope news platform reported.
Apart from journalists Faruk Eren, Ertuğrul Mavioğlu, Celal Başlangıç, İhsan Çaralan, Fehim Işık and Öncü Akgül, Celalettin Can was also given 15 months in prison but his sentence was not suspended.
A solidarity campaign for Özgür Gündem, the one-day symbolic editor-in-chief routine, was conducted between May and August 2016, in which 56 journalists, lawyers and human rights activists participated.
Forty-nine of them were subject to prosecution, and the newspaper was closed by government decree in October 2016 after a failed coup that gave the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vast authorities under a subsequent state of emergency.
28 March 2019:
Summing-up in trial of RSF’s Turkey representative delayed until January
.......................Eleven other journalists, including Faruk Eren, Ertuğrul Mavioğlu, İhsan Çaralan and Fehim Işık, are due to appear in court tomorrow in Istanbul for taking part in the same solidarity campaign.
The already worrying situation of Turkey’s media has become critical since an abortive coup in July 2016. Many media outlets have been closed summarily, without any effective form of recourse, mass trials are being held and Turkey now holds the world record for the number of professional journalists in prison. It is ranked 157th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Read the full article
9 September 2018:
New board of foundation caused resignations in Cumhuriyet newspaper
Following the board change of the Cumhuriyet foundation, the owner of Turkey's opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper, columnists have started to resign one by one. Journalists Aydın Engin, Hakan Kara and Çiğdem Toker handed in their resignations, news portal T24 reported .
Also, the new board sacked Murat Sabuncu, editor-in-chief of the newspaper, its managing editor Faruk Eren, and editor Bülent Özdoğan. Read the full article
13 August 2018:
16 July 2018:
Özgür Gündem solidarity trial adjourned until October
25 October 2016:
The charges stem from the coverage of the shuttered newspaper Özgür Gündemon the days in which each had symbolically acted as co-editor of the publication for a day to protest the persistent judicial harassment of the newspaper's staff. Dozens of journalists and activists participated in the campaign to show solidarity with the newspaper before a court ordered it closed in August and police raided and sealed the newspaper's office.
Faruk Eren, head of the leftist union DİSK (The Revolutionary Worker Unions' Confederation) for press workers, was in court yesterday over his participation in the solidarity campaign with the pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem, Bianet reported. Eren is on trial due to three stories and columns featured in the newspaper on the day he was the symbolic chief editor. İnan Kızılkaya, the news editor who under Turkish law is legally responsible for the recently shuttered newspaper and is a defendant at every trial connected to the solidarity campaign, was not present at court. He is still under arrest.