ECHR finds Turkey guilty of violating rights of journalist Ahmet Şık
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday ruled that Turkey violated the freedom of expression and the right to freedom and security of journalistand former opposition member of parliament Ahmet Şık.
The ruling pertained to the pre-trial detention of Şık, a journalist with Cumhuryet daily who was taken into police custody on Dec. 29, 2016 as part of an investigation launched by the Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office over several tweets and his articles for the newspaper.
The journalist was accused of disseminating propaganda on behalf of terrorist organisation and or of assisting them through articles and interviews published in Cumhuriyet, as well as social media posts critical of the government.
The Cumhuriyet journalist was released on March 9, 2018, after spending more than 400 days in pre-trial detention in Istanbul’s Silivri Prison.
“The Court held that Mr Şık could not be reasonably suspected, at the time of his placement in detention, of having committed the offences of disseminating propaganda in favour of terrorist organisations or assisting those organisations,’’ the press release of the verdict published on the court’s website said.
Turkey violated Şık’s right to liberty, security and freedom of expression, the court said.
Şık is one of over a dozen Cumhuriyet staff were arrested following the failed coup attempt and charged with various terrorism offences and abuse of authority.