Court postpones hearing of five journalists in Mardin

The hearing in a lawsuit against 8 people, 5 of whom are journalists, has been postponed.

Journalists Ahmet Kanbal, Mehmet Şah Oruç, Rojda Aydın, Nurcan Yalçın and Halime Parlak, as well as Mehmet Ete, Hamza Ete and Selim Şimdi, who were detained following a demonstration held in Mardin on 20 August 2019 against the dismissal of mayors of Mardin, Amed and Van provinces, are standing trial for allegedly opposing the “Law on Meetings and Demonstrations No. 2911”.

The second hearing of the lawsuit was held at the Mardin 1st Criminal Court of First Instance. Journalists Kanbal and Selim Şimdi and their lawyers attended the hearing.

The lawyers maintained that the court is judging journalistic activities.

The judge adjourned the hearing to October 20 and decided to give the temporary prosecutor extra time to prepare his opinion.