Old Nokta magazine executives were sentenced to 22.5 years imprisonmentAnother blow to freedom of speech from the Turkish government. Cevheri Güven and Murat Çapan, executives of Nokta magazine, were sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for the cover titled ‘The Beginning of the Civil War of Turkey’ and for the cover depicting president Erdogan taking a selfie in front of a military funeral.
The executives of old Nokta magazine were sued for “The incitement of the people against the Government of the Republic of Turkey to the armed revolt”. The judge has decided that the crime is committed. Therefore, Cevheri Güven and Murat Çapan were sentenced to 22.5 years imprisonment. The defendants, Cevheri Güven and Murat Çapan, were also sued for “making propaganda for a terrorist organization” however they were acquitted of this crime.
In 2015, President Tayyip Erdogan spoke about the Nokta magazine, whose distribution was banned because of his cover depicted while Erdogan was taking a ‘selfie’ in front of the military funeral. At that time Erdogan said “Those who make this cover are dishonest, they will pay the price. I will never turn my back in a martyr’s coffin. I am not that dishonest but I am sure those who make this cover will pay the price.”
The delegation sentenced the defendants to imprisonment of 22 years and six months in accordance with the Anti-Terrorism Law No. 3713.Now the defendants are expected to be arrested.
Mustafa Oz, Texas