Women journalists call on everyone to attend hearing of JinNews director on 15 June

The first hearing of imprisoned JinNews director Safiye Alağaş will be held on 15 June. Her colleagues called on everyone to attend.

As part of the investigation carried out by the Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor's Office, raids were carried out on houses and media institutions in many cities on 8 June 2022. During the raids, 22 people, including 20 journalists, were detained. 16 out of 20 journalists were arrested on 16 June.

The file of JinNews director Safiye Alağaş, who was among those arrested, was separated and an indictment consisting of 383 pages was prepared.

In the indictment, Alağaş was charged with "being a member of a terrorist organization". Alağaş's news, news images, news headlines and the agency's editorial policy were cited as evidence for the accusation.

The indictment demanding that Alağaş be sentenced to imprisonment from 7.5 years to 15 years was accepted by the Diyarbakır 5th High Criminal Court. The first hearing of the case will be held on 15 June.

Alağaş's colleagues called for participation in the hearing.

MKGP: We will be in front of the court

Mesopotamia Women Journalists Platform (MKGP) Spokesperson, Roza Metina, told Mesopotamia news agency (MA) that women journalists have a very important role and mission in the media field. Metin said: “This is why the AKP-MHP government is making systematic attacks. There were these attacks before the AKP-MHP. But the AKP-MHP attacks women journalists in order to achieve their goals, to develop their manipulations through their own media, and to eliminate women and community organisations."

Calling for participation in the first hearing, Metina said: “As MKGP, we will be in front of the Diyarbakır Courthouse on the day of the hearing to show solidarity to the journalists in prison. Journalism cannot be prosecuted and journalists can never be silenced. We will increase our struggle against this monist system that attacks journalists.”