Turkey Indictment Project: Cumhuriyet trial

Aska Fujita of BHRC has examined the indictment against the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet.

The indictment under examination, indictment no. 2017/1480, charges 19 defendants connected to the Cumhuriyet newspaper in various roles, including the chief editor, journalists, members of the Cumhuriyet Foundation Board of Directors / Executive Board members and accountants, with terrorism offences,

The indictment outlines that each of these defendants have expressed political views in disagreement with or criticising the State. However, it fails to properly set out why this constitutes a crime as opposed to a lawful exercise of the defendants’ right to freedom of expression, writes Aska Fujita of the Bar Human Rights Committee.

Read the evaluation of the indictment in English and Turkish here:

See all indictments and articles from the Turkey Indictment Project here.