An investigation has been launched into Merdan Yanardağ, the editor-in-chief of Tele1 TV, over his reports that Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor Yüksel Kocaman paid a visit to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan following his wedding ceremony.
Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office said that the journalist’s remarks were “targeting” Kocaman and referred to him to the court. As Yanardağ is based in Istanbul, his defense testimony was taken through the video conferencing system SEGBİS.
Yanardağ told the Ankara court that all he did was journalism. “We are doing journalism and interpreting the incidents. In the relevant news piece, we have shared what had happened before and gave the details of the background. There is no bad intention here, all we do is journalism,” Yanardağ told the court.
Following his testimony, the court released Yanardağ, but imposed judicial control measures involving regularly reporting at his local police station as well as overseas travel ban.
Last week, various Turkish media outlets reported that prosecutor Kocaman, who is responsible from preparing the indictment into former Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, paid a visit to Erdoğan in the presidential palace following his wedding ceremony.
Pictures of Kocaman and the bride, Ayça Dursun, were interpreted as the current state of the judiciary that’s dependent on the government and Erdoğan.