Bitlis Journalists Association President sentenced to 10 months in prison
Bitlis Journalists Association President Sinan Aygül was sentenced to 10 months in prison for a report he wrote about the sexual harassment of a girl in Tatvan.
Sinan Aygül, President of Bitlis (Bedlis) Journalists Association, was detained a few hours after he shared a report he wrote about the sexual harassment of a girl in Tatvan on 13 December 2022. Aygül was arrested on 14 December by the decision of the Tatvan Criminal Court of Peace and was released on 22 December. The first hearing of the trial in which journalist Aygül is accused of "publicly disseminating misleading information to the public (TCK 217/A)" was held at the Tatvan Criminal Court of First Instance on Tuesday.
Aygül used his right to remain silent to protest the Disinformation Law. The prosecution demanded that Aygül be sentenced to imprisonment from 1 to 3 years for the crime of "publicly disseminating misleading information to the public" regulated in Article 217/a of the Turkish Penal Code. The court decided that Aygül had committed the crime and sentenced him to 10 months in prison.
If the decision is upheld, Aygül will serve his 10-month prison sentence in jail.