The ECtHR has faulted Turkey for violating the rights of prominent journalist Nazlı Ilıcak to liberty and security as well as freedom of expression, stating that the charges that led to her imprisonment for more than three years are not plausible.

According to the court ruling, working for media outlets related to the Gülen group are not plausible grounds for terrorism-related charges.

Turkey is therefore ordered to pay 16,000 euros ($18,105) to Ilıcak in damages over violating her freedom of expression and right to liberty.

Turkey survived a military coup that killed 249 people on July 15, 2016. Immediately after the putsch, the government along with Turkey’s autocratic President Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group, which denies involvement. However, more than 55,000 people, among them some 170 journalists, have been detained since the failed coup.

In 2019, Ilıcak and 17 other journalists were given lengthy prison sentences on charges of “attempting to overthrow the constitutional order,” “attempting to overthrow the parliament” and “attempting to overthrow the government.”