Erdogan’s Turkey Crackdown Chronicle
April 18, 2019
14 trials in one week for Özgür Gündem publisher Over the course of one week, Turkish courts agreed to proceed with 14 cases involving Ziya Çiçekçi, a former publisher of the shuttered pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem, the Mezopotamya News Agency (MA) reported. All but one of the cases involve accusations of “making propaganda for a [terrorist] organization” (PKK) over columns or news stories published in the daily, the report said. The other trial relates to an accusation of “insult” related to a former governor, the report said. Seven trials were started against Çiçekçi on March 14; five on March 15 and two more on March 21, the report said.