Seda Taşkın, a reporter for the Mezopotamya Agency, was taken into custody in the southeastern province of Muş on December 20, 2017, on grounds of “a significant tip-off.” Taşkın was in town to cover a news story.
Public access to her investigation file was restricted.
Following the completion of procedures at the Police Department on December 23, Taşkın was referred to a court, which ruled to release the reporter from detention under judicial control measures.
The accusations levelled against Taşkın during her police interrogation alleged that she “conducted propaganda for the [Kurdish militia] YPG” on her social media accounts.
On December 27, the prosecutor objected to Taşkın’s release. On January 22, 2018, Taşkın was arrested again during a police raid on her home in Ankara.
She gave her statement a day later, on January 23, to the Bitlis Criminal Judgeship of Peace via the courtroom video-conferencing system SEGBİS. The court ruled to place her in pretrial detention on the accusation of “membership in a terrorist group.”
The indictment into Taşkın, issued in March by the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in Muş, was accepted by the Muş 2nd High Criminal Court. The 47-page document accused Taşkın of “conducting propaganda for a terrorist organization” and “membership in a terrorist organization.”
Phone conversations Taşkın had with her sources, her news stories and her social media posts were held as evidence against Taşkın in the indictment.
Taşkın will appear before the Muş 2nd High Criminal Court on April 30 for the first hearing of her trial.
Taşkın is currently in pretrial detention at the Sincan Women’s Prison in Ankara.