Cumhuriyet newspaper writer Barış Terkoğlu announced in their column today that journalist Müyesser Yıldız has taken the Official Gazette to court.
On June 8 last year, the house of journalist Müyesser Yıldız was raided. Yıldız was arrested for the crime of “providing and disclosing information regarding the security of the state”. According to the court, it was a crime to reveal the "name of the commander assigned in Libya" even if it was not a state secret. Their file is on appeal now, awaiting finalization.
However, there was a decision regarding this issue in the Official Gazette dated August 24, 2021. The Presidency's appointment decision numbered 2021/427 disclosed not one but eight "confidential information". Seven generals deployed in Azerbaijan, Libya, Afghanistan and Germany and their new duties were written down with their full names. The Official Gazette wrote both a general who was appointed to the MIT and a general who went from the MIT with his open name. This event prompted Müyesser Yıldız to file a complaint against "Official Gazette" last week, to the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office, which made an investigation against them, wrote an indictment and demanded punishment.
DID THE OFFICIAL GAZETTE COMMIT A CRIME?
In the petition signed by Yıldız's lawyers Erhan Tokatlı and Naci Uğur, the simplest sentence that can be thought of is written: "If a piece of information has created this crime, the disclosure of this information in the Official Gazette, which is read more than all media organs in the country and which is constantly read by foreign agencies, constitutes this crime."
IT IS A FIRST
The state publishes the 100-year-old newspaper, starting with the First Assembly. In the new system, with the decree issued in 2018, this authority was given to the Presidency General Directorate of Law and Legislation on behalf of the Presidency. In short, the Presidency, like everything else, is responsible for the Official Gazette.
Now, the prosecution will either call the Presidential officials to testify, showing that the law is applied equally to everyone. Or they will admit that there is no independent judiciary and say, "It is not a crime to disclose this information." This time, Müyesser Yıldız will take the decision to the court of appeal, saying "So it's not a crime".
In any case, it will be a first in the history of the Official Gazette.