A Turkish court on Sept. 25 banned access to the website of daily Yeni Yaşam newspaper. The reason of the access ban is not yet known.
Turkish prosecutors seek up to 10 years in jail for two journalists on charges of ‘revealing state secrets’
Turkish prosecutors have demanded up to 10 years in jail for Müyesser Yıldız, the Ankara news editor for the OdaTV online news portal, and İsmail Dükel, Ankara representative of broadcaster TELE1, on charges of revealing state secrets. Yıldız is facing charges with regards to her two articles about Ankara's military involvement in Libya, whereas it remains yet unclear for which broadcast(s) Dükel is accused of defying the National Intelligence Law.
Turkey's Radio and Television High Council (RTÜK) got into a brawl with an actor over a complaint from an 11-year-old viewer who said the actor's show "affected him a lot." After RTÜK shared the message on social media, the actor protested the council's reporting of his show to the public.
Ankara's Gölbaşı Criminal Court of Peace has not still revoked its access ban on Sendika.org although the Constitutional Court ruled in March that the rights of the news site had been violated. "Criminal court of peace judges are continuing to completely disregard the decisions of the Constitutional Court,” said Yaman Akdeniz, a prominent Turkish academic and cyber-rights expert.
Turkish court orders journalist Yıldız to compensate Defense Minister over reporting deemed ‘insulting’
An Ankara court on Sept. 10 ordered OdaTV journalist Müyesser Yıldız to pay 20,000 Turkish Liras in compensation to Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on the grounds of “insulting” him, after she cited a secret witness in a trial related to the coup attempt who said Akar a was a member of the Gülen movement, T24 reported.
A person carrying an axe was detained after trying to enter the Ankara headquarters of state-run news outlet Anadolu Agency. The suspect reportedly threatened the agency, and was taken to the ground and handcuffed by private security.
An Istanbul court gave jail sentences on Sept. 9 to five journalists over their reports on the funeral of an intelligence officer killed in Libya. The court released Barış Pehlivan, Hülya Kılınç and Murat Ağırel, the only defendants who were kept in pre-trial detention. Other defendants were released in June.
An Ankara court on Sept. 8 rejected the appeal against the arrest of OdaTV Ankara News Editor Müyesser Yıldız, who was jailed in June on espionage charges. OdaTV said that the court gave its decision without waiting for Yıldız's lawyer Erhan Tokatlı to attend the hearing.
Netflix has removed the soon-to-be released French film “Cuties” from its Turkey catalogue upon the orders of the country's broadcasting watchdog RTÜK. Last week, in its first ruling related to a video-on-demand platform, RTÜK judged that the film contained exploitation and abuse and "might lead to potential child exploitation behaviour patterns emerging."
Top executives of the independent news portal Diken were acquitted of terrorism charges they faced for reporting on anonymous Twitter user Fuat Avni, who accurately predicted several events before they happened. Diken Founder Harun Simavi, Editor-in-chief Erdal Güven and former Deputy Editor-in-chief Semin Sezerer were accused of "aiding a terrorist organization without being a member."
Turkey’s media watchdog RTÜK has ordered Netflix to remove the French-made feature film Cuties on grounds that it contains images of child exploitation. The plot of "Cuties" centres on an 11-year-old Muslim girl who "starts to rebel against her conservative family's traditions when she becomes fascinated with a free-spirited dance crew," according to Netflix.
Turkey's media watchdog launched an investigation into pro-government news broadcaster Akit TV for a typo that is said to be "disrespecting the Turkish Republic and Atatürk." The broadcaster misspelled the name of Atatürk's resting place in a way that meant "bray-tomb."
Turkey's media watchdog RTÜK has fined TELE1 TV channel for broadcasting an advertisement of daily Evrensel in which a little girl is seen holding a piece of cloth in the colors of yellow, red and green. Turkish authorities associate these colors, which are traditional Kurdish colors, with the PKK.
The Family, Labor and Social Services Ministry has applied to Turkey's media watchdog for it to adopt "necessary measures" against a new Netflix movie called Cuties, which is at the center of controversy for "sexualizing children." In a statement, the ministry said that the movie might make children "vulnerable to negligence and abuse," adding that it can have a negative impact on children's "psycho-social development."
An Antalya court has banned access to reports on former national wrestler Recep Çakır, who was sentenced to 22 years and six months in prison in 2012 on charges of raping a 23-year-old woman. The court said that the convict has a "right to be forgotten," whereas experts have pointed that this legal case concerns the public closely due to its nature and therefore its media coverage is crucial.