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Defunct pro-Kurdish newspaper journalist begins serving prison sentence

Defunct pro-Kurdish newspaper journalist begins serving prison sentence

Xeber24.net – Ahval

A journalist with a pro-Kurdish newspaper shut down the Turkish government, who was sentenced to 18 months in jail for conducting terrorist propaganda, began serving her prison sentence on Tuesday, left-wing news site Gazete Duvar reported.

Ayşe Düzkan is one of five journalists who had taken part in a campaign to release other arrested journalists working at Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Özgür Gündem newspaper in 2016. All five staff were found guilty of conducting terrorist propaganda.

A Turkish appeals court approved Düzkan’s prison sentence in November of last year Düzkan’s lawyer appealed the verdict.

“Press freedoms become restricted in a country where there is something to hide,’’ Düzkan said in a statement she released before being escorted by police to the Bakırköy Women Closed Prison in İstanbul.

Özgür Gündem was among 15 Kurdish media organisations officially closed down and seized under a state of emergency decree following a failed coup attempt in 2016.

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