13 December 2019:
Mezopotamya news agency reporter Ahmet Kanbal’s trial on the charge of “systematically spreading terrorism propaganda” over his social media posts resumed on 13 December 2019. The journalist was acquitted at the end of the fourth hearing of the trial, overseen by the 2nd High Criminal Court of Izmir.
The trial had been put on hold since March, awaiting the Justice Ministry’s approval for the case to proceed with a new charge under Article 301/4 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK). The trial resumed after the Justice Ministry denied the request.
Presenting their final opinion, the prosecution requested the court to acquit Kanbal. Announcing their verdict at the end of the hearing, the court ruled for Kanbal’s acquittal.
20 August 2019:
6 journalists arrested while covering demonstrations
Reporters Ahmet Kanbal, Mehmet Şah Oruç, Rojda Aydın, Nurcan Yalçın and Halime Parlak were arrested in Mardin while Yelda Özbek was arrested in Diyarbakır
Six journalists were arrested on 20 Auguıst 2019 in Mardin and Diyarbakır as they were covering public demonstrations in both cities in protest of the government’s recent removal of the mayors of Mardin, Diyarbakır and Van from office.
Mezopotamya news agency (MA) reporters Ahmet Kanbal and Mehmet Şah Oruç, Jinnews reporter Rojda Aydın and journalists Nurcan Yalçın and Halime Parlak were arrested in Mardin while reporter Yelda Özbek was arrested in Diyarbakır.
Police dispersed the crowds who gathered in front of Diyarbakır and Mardin City Halls. The reporters were arrested as they were taking pictures of the protesting crowds.
Ahmet Kanbal, a reporter for the Mezopotamya news agency, was taken into custody on 13 July 2019 in the southeastern province of Mardin, where he lives.
Kanbal was charged with “disseminating propaganda for a terrorist group” over his social media posts. Kanbal was referred to the courthouse on 15 July. The court he was referred to by the prosecutor released Kanbal under judicial control measures and an international travel ban.
3 April 2019: