Two journalists standing trial in separate courts in Istanbul and Bitlis were convicted of terrorism-related charges on 5 November 2019.
Journalist Berzan Güneş was sentenced to 3 years, 5 months and 15 days in prison on the charge of “terrorism propaganda” and acquitted of the “membership in a terrorist group” charge against him at the 18th hearing of his trial overseen by the Anadolu 2nd High Criminal Court.
Uğur Yılmaz, who is jailed at the Elazığ No 2 High Security Prison, was convicted of “membership in a terrorist organization” and sentenced to 6 years, 10 months and 15 days in prison and acquitted of “disseminating propaganda” at the end of 16th hearing hearing of his trial at the 2nd High Criminal Court of Bitlis.
8 October 2019:
The 17th hearing in the trial of journalist Berzan Güneş on the charge of “membership in a terrorist group” took place on 8 October 2019 at Istanbul’s Anadolu 2nd High Criminal Court.
The prosecution submitted their final opinion of the case during the hearing, asking the court to convict Güneş of “membership in a terrorist group” and “disseminating propaganda for a terrorist group.”
Granting Güneş and his lawyers additional time to prepare their defense statement in response to the prosecutor’s final opinion, the court adjourned the trial until 5 November 2019.
7 August 2018:
11 June 2018:
12 June 2018:
Berzan Güneş, a reporter for the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya online news agency has been put in pre-trial detention due to his social media postings.
Güneş was rounded up in the eastern province of Sirnak upon an earlier warrant early Monday.
He appeared before the court on accusations of making propaganda on behalf of a terror group and was put behind bars later in the day.
Gunes’s camera and electronic devices were seized.
4 April 2018:
Reporter's father detained