Two Evrensel journalists given suspended sentences over Article 301

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Arif Koşar (L) and Çağrı Sarı

The Evrensel daily’s managing editor Çağrı Sarı and former license owner Arif Koşar have been given suspended five-month sentences on charges related to Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK).

Article 301 criminalizes denigration of the Turkish nation, the Turkish state, the Turkish Parliament, the government of the Republic of Turkey and the legal institutions of the state.

The journalists were given the prison sentences by the İstanbul 2nd Penal Court of First Instance on Tuesday due to an article published in the daily on March 15, 2016 that was titled: “Police open fire on public in Nusaybin: 3 injured.”

The court ruled that the journalists committed the crime of insulting the Turkish nation, the Turkish state and its institutions in the headline of the story about Nusaybin.

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