Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office claimed Artı TV Ankara Representative Sibel Hürtaş and Mezopotamya Agency reporter Hayri Demir to be penalized with imprisonment sentences up to 10 years and six months due to their social media posts and publications on the Afrin operation. The indictment prepared charged the journalists with ‘inciting people towards resentment and hostility’ and ‘making terrorist organization propaganda through press.’
Many people, including journalists and politicians, were taken into custody on January 22 after their social media posts on the ‘Olive Branch Operation.’ Hürtaş and Demir was among those who were taken into custody; the two journalists were later released with judicial control. In the case file of Hürtaş and Demir, there are ten others who are charged due to their posts on the Afrin operation.
The indictment charges Hürtaş due to the interviews she made with former MP Ahmet Faruk Ünsal as well as with former People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Şanlıurfa MP Osman Baydemir; Demir with three tweets he posted to announce information and news.