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Alert created on: 05 Oct 2015 n° 81/2015 Turkey

Cumhuriyet Journalist Canan Coşkun Faces 23 Years in Prison for Alleged Insult

Source of threatState
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Cumhuriyet journalist Canan Coşkun faces more than 23 years in prison on charges of “insulting public officials over their duties” for her report alleging that top judicial officials were able to buy discounted residences from a public real estate company.
Daily Cumhuriyet reporter Canan Coşkun reported claims that a lottery to select homebuyers for a housing project in Istanbul’s Başakşehir neighborhood was rigged to favour members of a group of judges and prosecutors with ties to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
14 May 2019
Canan Coşkun was arrested on 10 May 2019 over the unpaid fine of TL 12,600 that she was given for “insulting public official”. On 11 May 2019, Canan Coşkun was brought to Istanbul Courthouse after spending one night in police custody. She was released after the fine was paid.
27 Jan 2017
On 26 January 2017, Istanbul 2nd penal Court of first instance fined journalist Canan Coşkun to 12,600 TL for her report on judges and prosecutors becoming homeowners at a discount rate.
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17 Mar 2016
The Venice Commission recommends that Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code (Degrading Turkish Nation, State of Turkish Republic, the Organs and Institutions of the State) be redrafted and further amended with the aim of making all the notions used in it clear and specific. Application of this provision should also be limited to statements inciting to violence and hatred.
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