Journalist fined for exposing Minister's corruption in Van

Journalist İdris Yılmaz was fined for exposing the corruption that had taken place in Van’s Erciş district

The court case in which journalist İdris Yılmaz was prosecuted for his coverage of the corruption case in Erciş involving the Customs and Trade Deputy Minister Fatih Çiftçi has been concluded.

Judges issued a 6 thousand TL fine for Yılmaz for his use of the word ‘thief’ in his coverage. Yılmaz will serve 300 days in prison unless he pays this fine.

Customs and Trade Deputy Minister Fatih Çiftçi’s corruption in Erciş during his period as the mayor of this town had been reported by inspectors. Çiftçi had been accused of ‘stealing,’ but was later promoted to the position of Customs and Trade Deputy Minister.