February 20, 2024

20.02.2024 – Journalist Fined in Governor Insult Case in Türkiye / Turkey

Journalist Nagihan Yılkın (@nagihanyilkin) who is working for cumhuriyet.com.tr(https://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/) has been fined, on 15 February 2024, with 7,080 TRY (approx. 212 EUR) following a complaint by the then Governor of Gaziantep (2018–2023), Türkiye / Turkey now since 2023 the Governor of Istanbul, Türkiye / Turkey. She was charged under Article 125 of the Turkish Penal Code for allegedly “insulting a public official.” The court acquitted Editor-in-Chief of cumhuriyet.com.trMustafa Büyüksipahi in the same case.

The fourth hearing of the case, initiated over her investigative article published on the Cumhuriyet newspaper’s website on 15 March 2022, was held at the 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance in Istanbul, Türkiye / Turkey.

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is monitoring the developments connected to this court case.

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is a regional non-governmental, non profit network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in Southeast, South, East and Central Europe. SEEMO members are in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova (with the territory of Transdnestria), Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Türkiye / Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Austria, Italy, Vatican and San Marino have a special status in SEEMO. SEEMO has over 3000 individual members, and additional media as corporate members.

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