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Defendants: Canan Coşkun

Media Outlet and Position: Cumhuriyet – Reporter

Accusations: Targeting an individual/Indicating a target to a terrorist organization

Possible sentence: 1 up to 3 years

Court: İstanbul 26. High Criminal Court

Case Background: 

Canan Coşkun, a reporter for independent Cumhuriyet newspaper, is being accused of “targeting an individual” after she referred to a ‘secret witness’ by name in the case in which academics Nuriye Gülmen and teacher Semih Özakça were tried as part of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP-C) investigation.

Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça were dismissed from their positions by a non-governmental decree under the state of emergency and went on hunger strike for 324 days, a proportion of which they spent in pretrial detention.

According to local reports, a member of DHKP-C who later opted for “effective remorse” became a witness in the investigation. Due to the confidentiality of the case, the witness’ name was kept secret. Coşkun, a court reporter for Cumhuriyet, revealed the witness’ name whilst reporting on the case.  The charges relate to “indicating a target to a terrorist organization”.  The prosecution is demanding a sentence for Coşkun of between one to three years.

The third hearing will take place on July 19.