Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office filed two separate lawsuits against Afrika Daily executives Şener Levent and Ali Osman Tabak. Journalist Levent announced that he received the notice on the lawsuit and refused to testify. “I don’t believe that we are guilty in these cases. We can’t be blamed. Since we are not guilty, I find it unnecessary to defend myself and refuse the charges in the case,” Levent said.
The lawsuits charge the journalists due to two news articles, one headline on the 21 January 2018 issue, “Another Invasion Act by Turkey,” and the news article, entitled, “Zorba the Cypriot.” Lawsuits have previously been filed in Cyprus against the news articles as well. The newspaper has been targeted by President Erdoğan following the headline on the Afrin Operation and was attacked.