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Journalist Dilan Esen ordered to pay administrative fine for "insulting a public official"

Journalist Dilan Esen ordered to pay administrative fine for

Esen was on trial for reporting on claims by İYİ Party MP Ümit Özlale concerning Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy

CANSU PİŞKİN, İSTANBUL

The fifth hearing in the trial of journalist Dilan Esen on the charge of “insulting a public official” over a complaint filed by Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy was held at the İstanbul 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance on 26 March 2024.

Dilan Esen and lawyers for the parties were present at the hearing, which P24 monitored.

In their final opinion on the case presented at the third hearing of the trial on 17 October 2023, the prosecutor had requested sentencing for Esen.

Co-plaintiff Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy’s lawyer stated that they upheld their complaint and requested sentencing for Esen as per the indictment and the opinion.

Esen’s lawyer Ali Deniz Ceylan stated that elements of the impugned crime had not formed and requested his client’s acquittal. Asked for her final statement, Esen requested her acquittal.

Announcing its verdict, the court ordered Esen to pay an administrative fine of TL 7,080 for “insulting a public official.”

The indictment against Esen on the charge of “insulting a public official” had been filed for reporting on İYİ Party Head of Development Politics Ümit Özlale’s claims that Minister Ersoy was favoring his own company in public tenders. The indictment, which was filed by the İstanbul Chief Prosecutor’s Office cited the news item titled “Ersoy yine şirketine kıyak yaptırmış,” (Ersoy favors his own company again) which was published in the 12 August 2022 edition of the BirGün newspaper, as evidence of the charge.

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