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Turkish Journalist Detained Over Allegations of Bribery in Turkish Judiciary

Prominent Turkish journalist Tolga Şardan has been detained following an article he authored titled “What is in the ‘judiciary report’ presented to the Presidency by the Turkish Intelligence, MIT?” The Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office initiated an investigation into Şardan’s article, alleging that it contained statements that could be construed as disseminating misleading information related to corruption allegations within the judiciary, as outlined in Article 217/A of Law No. 5237.

It has been learned that the investigation was launched due to his article, which contained findings related to allegations of corruption in the judiciary presented in the MIT report submitted to President Tayyip Erdoğan.

In an official statement, the Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office stated, “On October 31, 2023, an article authored by Tolga Şardan on the internet news site T24.com.tr included statements that, in our evaluation, meet the criteria for the offense of ‘Publicly Disseminating Misleading Information’ as per Article 217/A of Law No. 5237. Consequently, a criminal investigation has been initiated against the suspect Tolga ŞARDAN in accordance with Article 160 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CMK), and he has been taken into custody.”

The detention of Tolga Şardan has raised concerns about freedom of the press and freedom of expression in Turkey, as well as the handling of cases involving journalists critical of the government. This incident highlights ongoing debates about media freedom in the country.

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