Şanar Yurdatapan, the spokesman of our initiative, denounced himself to the prosecutor by putting his signature under the words of Dr. Ömer Gergerlioğlu was sentenced to 2 years and 6 months imprisonment for social media sharing and journalist Nurcan Baysal sentenced to 10 months imprisonment for her news on Cizre.
Yurdatapan made a brief statement in front of Istanbul Çağlayan Courthouse and stated that those words would not be considered as a crime but if they were counted he will commit the same crime knowingly and intentionally and he should be sentenced to the same punishment, completed the process of republishing by distributing photocopied texts to passers-by.
Initiative for Freedom of Expression continues this method persistently since Yaşar Kemal’s prosecution by the State Security Court in 1995. Especially between 1995 and 2004, more than 80.000 people denounced themselves by repeating so-called criminal words of 300 thought criminals from different opinions.
The initiative organized 16 civil disobedience actions including actions for teacher Ayşe Çelik, Academics for Peace, Kuşadası lawyers supported academics with the same method. For further information, please visit: www.dusun-think.net/sivil-itaatsizlik/?dil=en