11 May 2016 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 30 Dec 2015 Turkey

Journalist Beritan Canözer Arrested in Turkey

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CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
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Beritan Canözer, a female journalist working for the news agency JINHA, was arrested in Diyarbakır (Turkey) on Saturday 19 December 2015 for allegedly “aiding a terrorist organisation”. Canözer was first taken into custody on 16 December when covering a protest against curfews imposed by Turkish authorities in neighborhoods of the Sur district of Diyarbakir. According to media reports, the state prosecutor based his evidence against the journalist on notes she took at the event, including slogans that were being chanted by protesters. On the other hand, officers from the Turkish counterterrorism units who arrested the journalist, claimed “reasonable doubt” due to her “agitated state”. An amendment to Law No. 2559 on Police Duties and Authorities passed in December 2014 allows authorities to detain anyone on “reasonable doubt” without the need for concrete evidence.
11 May 2016
On 10 May 2016, the Diyarbakır 4th Heavy Penal Court sentenced JINHA correspondent Beritan Canözer to 1 year and 3 months of prison for "conducting terrorist propaganda for an (illegal) organization”. However the Court decided to commute this sentence to 5 years of probation. She was acquitted of the charges of “[illegal] organization membership”.
01 Apr 2016
On 29 March 2016, a court ordered the release of Beritan Canôzer pending trial.
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