Court sentences two journalist to prison for news they wrote and shared on social media

ETHA news agency editor Semiha Şahin and journalist Pınar Gayip were given prison sentences for the news they wrote and shared.

The verdict hearing of the case where 4 people, including ETHA editor Semiha Şahin and journalist Pınar Gayip, were tried on charges of "membership of a terrorist organization" and "making propaganda for a terrorist organization" was held.

While Şahin and Gayip did not attend the hearing at the Istanbul 23rd High Criminal Court in Çağlayan, their lawyers Kader Tonç, Sezin Uçar, Gülbin Aydın and Hasan Yaman did.

Lawyers Tonç, Uçar and Aydın requested the suspension of the sentence in case of a possible punishment. The prosecution did not make any changes to its previous sentence.

Gayip's lawyer, Kader Tonç, stated that the police illegally gathered evidence before the investigation against his client started.

Lawyer Tonç said that ETHA was being criminalized and demanded acquittal for the journalist.

Lawyer Aydın stated that 4 posts belonging to his client were used as evidence, adding that three of these posts were news and one was a poem.

Announcing its decision, the court sentenced Ferhat Harun Pehlivan and Gülsen Imre to 3 years, 1 month and 15 days each for allegedly making "propaganda for a terrorist organization".

The court acquitted Pınar Gaıp and Semiha Şahin on the charge of "membership in a terrorist organization", but sentenced Gaıp to 3 years, one month and 15 days on the charge of "making propaganda for a terrorist organization".

Şahin was sentenced to 10 months in prison for some of the charges and to 3 years, 1 month and 15 days for sharing posts on social media.