From ANF News on 1 December 2021

It was announced that 111 journalists were tried in November, and a prison sentence was handed down.

The November report, prepared by the Price of News project with the support of the Journalists’ Association, has been announced. The report draws attention to the fact that November was also marked by pressure and obstruction against journalists. Journalists were tried in 40 different hearings in 10 different cities in a one-month period.

According to the report, at least 111 journalists and media workers appeared in court in November. In the ongoing trials, sentences have been demanded for 111 journalists from a total minimum of 812 years, 9 months to a total maximum of 1,817 years and 11 months in prison. A judicial fine of up to 35 thousand days was also demanded. A fine for a total of 40 thousand TL and damages of 2 million 100 thousand TL were demanded for 4 journalists.

Prison, new cases, detentions…

5 journalists were sentenced to a total of 6 years, 4 months and 12 days in prison and a fine of 16 thousand TL.

According to the figures in the report, most of the journalists were charged under the ‘Anti-Terrorism Law’. 55 journalists and media workers were prosecuted on charges of “being a member of a terrorist organization” and 16 on charges of “making propaganda for a terrorist organization”. 7 journalists were charged with “insulting the president”.

In November, a lawsuit was filed against 4 journalists, demanding prison terms ranging from 11 years and eight months to 25 years and eight months in total. In the same period, a criminal complaint was filed against a journalist. 4 journalists were also detained, 3 of them while they were covering news.

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