Turkish journalist imprisoned over reporting of lawyers’ arrests

A Turkish court has sentenced a journalist at opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper to two years and three months in prison on charges of “targeting people tasked with fighting terrorism”, left-wing newspaper Evrensel said.

Canan Coşkun was given the sentence for an article she wrote in September 2017 about the questioning of 20 lawyers detained on charges of belonging to the far-left militant organisation, the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C).

The lawyers had been defending Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça, two teachers who had started a high-profile hunger strike in central Ankara after being fired under state of emergency laws.

Gülmen and Özakça had also faced accusations of belonging to the DHKP/C.


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