Expression Interrupted

Journalists and academics bear the brunt of the massive crackdown on freedom of expression in Turkey. Scores of them are currently subject to criminal investigations or behind bars. This website is dedicated to tracking the legal process against them.

Rawin Sterk Yıldız charged with "propaganda," "membership of terrorist group"

Rawin Sterk Yıldız charged with

Jailed pending trial since March, Rudaw TV reporter Yıldız will appear before a criminal court in Istanbul on 2 September for the first hearing of his trial


Rawin Sterk Yıldız, a reporter for Rudaw TV, who has been in pre-trial detention since March, is accused of “membership of a terrorist group” and “terrorism propaganda” in an indictment issued by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The indictment was recently accepted by the Istanbul 34th High Criminal Court, which set 2 September 2020 as the date for the first hearing of Yıldız’s trial.

Yıldız’s social media posts and the media outlets he has worked with are held as evidence against the journalist in the three-page indictment. Yıldız’s previous work with Roj TV, which was closed down in 2013 by a Danish court, and his contributions to Dicle news agency (DİHA), which was closed down in 2016 through an emergency decree, are cited among the grounds for the accusations.

The full text of the indictment against Yıldız (in Turkish) can be accessed here.

Sercan Korkmaz, a lawyer representing Yıldız, said that the new indictment also cited among evidence for “membership of a terrorist group” charge a previous case overseen by the 5th High Criminal Court of Adana, where Yıldız was acquitted.