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Hülya Emeç, news source given suspended prison terms
Emeç was on trial for reporting about a 48-year-old man named Şefik Tunuç who died of a heart attack after police raided his house three times in a row
Hülya Emeç, a former reporter for DİHA, and her source were each given 6 months in prison for a news report.
Emeç had written about a 48-year-old man named Şefik Tunuç, who died of a heart attack after police, in 2014, raided his house in Gevaş, a district of Van, three times in a row.
Emeç’s coverage prompted a court case, in which the dead man’s widow Hafize Tunuç, DİHA Executive Board Chair Zekeriya Güzüpek, DİHA responsible managing editor Dicle Müftüoğlu, and DİHA Van bureau chief Ferhat Çelik were indicted alongside Emeç for “publicly denigrating the security organization” as per Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code.
Announcing its verdict at the end of the final hearing of the case, the Gevaş Criminal Court of First Instance found Emeç and Tunuç guilty, giving both suspended 6-month prison sentences. Güzüpek, Müftüoğlu and Çelik were acquitted.