Jan 16 2018

Five Turkish journalists sentenced to jail for working at Kurdish paper for a day

A Turkish court sentenced five journalists to between 18 months and three years and nine months in jail for being editor-in-chief for a day at a pro-Kurdish newspaper, news website İleri Haber said.

Journalists Ayşe Düzkan, Hüseyin Aykol, Mehmet Ali Çelebi, Hüseyin Bektaş and Ragıp Duran participated in a 2016 campaign organised to show solidarity with Özgür Gündem newspaper, a Turkish-language newspaper sympathetic to parties campaigning for Kurdish autonomy.

Aykol was sentenced to three years and nine months and the other four to one year and six months each in jail for making “propaganda for a terrorist organisation”. The court denied their request for the sentences to be suspended.