Mustafa Varank

Court defers verdict in former presidential adviser's insult case against Erdoğan's adviser

An Istanbul court has ruled to defer a verdict in an insult case in which former President Abdullah Gül's chief adviser was convicted of committing the crime against current President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's chief adviser. 

US urges Turkey to 'respect editorial freedoms' after Charlie Hebdo ruling

U.S. State Department Spokesperson John Kirby has urged Turkey's government to respect the "independent professional judgment" of journalists, commenting on an April 28 decision by an Istanbul court that sentenced two Turkish journalists to two years in prison for republishing a cover of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo featuring an image of the Prophet Muhammad in their columns.