More journalists from Turkey face criminal charges, investigation

Yılmaz Özdil, columnist for the ultranationalist daily Sözcü, faces 6 years in prison for “insult” and “provoking the people towards hatred and animosity.” Following the mining disaster at Soma, Turkey last year, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said such accidents are in the nature of the mining business and özdil has said the miners deserved this if they voted for Erdoğan. An AKP deputy has filed a complaint about Özdil but this was rejected by court. However, the appeal to this rejection was granted this week and the columnist face the charges now.

Columnist Özdil faces 6-year jail term over criticism of gov’t

Özdil’s hate speech against victims of Soma tragedy receives criticism

Sözcü yazarı Yılmaz Özdil’e ‘müstahak’tan altı yıl hapis talebi

Daily Birgün reporter Ömür Şahin Keyif is being investigated for “insult” and slander” because of a quote she used in her story. Keyif has spoken to stylist Barbaros Şansal who has claimed First lady Emine Erdoğan has intervened to ban him from a fashion event. A prosecutor started an investigation over this story about the journalist.

BirGün muhabirine aldığı görüşten dolayı dava açıldı

More journalists face criminal charges, harrasment in Turkey

The pro-Hizmet daily Bugün reported that their reporter Metin Arslan faces two years and four months in jail for his work.

Journalist faces 2 years in prison for reporting on terrorism

Bianet reported that the Ministry of National Education targeted Cumhuriyet newspaper for its piece titled “Bilal’s Goal Reached in One Year”: “We will continue to make public the media organs and reporters leading smear campaigns.”

The Ministry’s New Mission: Exposing Journalists

T24 reported quoting the daily Özgür Gündem that a house where staff of the weekly pro-Kurdish Özgür Gelecek was raided by police on April 11. Nobody was detained but the journalists stated they perceive this as a form of harassment.

Özgür Gelecek çalışanlarının evine polis baskını

PM Ahmet Davutoğlu filed yet another complaint against pro-Hizmet Today’s Zaman chief editor Bülent Keneş.

Davutoğlu sues Today’s Zaman editor-in-chief over blog post

Hürriyet Daily News reported: Yaşar Elma,  journalist from a local daily in southeastern Turkey has received a suspended prison sentence for “liking” a remark criticising President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Facebook, which the court deemed as an “insult.”

Journalist receives jail sentence for ‘liking Erdoğan insult’