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Defendants: Rojhat Doğru

Media Outlet and Position: Gale Kurdistan TV – Correspondent

Accusations: Membership of a terrorist organization; Spreading terrorist propaganda; Disrupting the unity and integrity of the state; Willful and malicious injury

Possible sentence: Aggravated life sentence

Court: Diyarbakır 8. High Criminal Court

Case Background:

Rojhat Doğru, a former Iraq correspondent for Gale Kurdistan TV, is facing several charges based on a witness statement. Witness claimed seeing Doğru “shoot with a gun in one hand and a camera in the other”.

Doğru was arrested on the charge of “membership of a terrorist organization” on December 5, 2018. He was released on February 26, 2019 with judicial control. During the hearing on October 15, 2019, Doğru’s lawyer requested the judicial control measure to be lifted. Court accepting lawyer’s request lifted the judicial control but imposed a travel ban on journalist, adjourning the next hearing to January 14, 2020.