Mar 04 2018

Turkish authorities shut down all female news agency

A news website in the Turkey, repeatedly shut down by the authorities is refusing to give up the fight to publish, reports Malaysian newspaper “The Sun Daily”.

Jin News Agency, which is staffed only by women, operates from the Kurdish city of Diyarbakır in Turkey’s south-east and focuses reporting on Kurdish and women’s issues.

It has been repeatedly shut down by Turkish authorities, who accuse the agency of "terror propaganda" for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). It website is currently blocked in Turkey.

Camerawoman Beritan Elyakut says the agency is unable to "reach the outside world", adding that the website has used six different domain names, "but closures continued uninterrupted". Its latest website domain, jinnews7.com, was blocked in Turkey on Feb 22. 

While Jin News once had 60 journalists working for the agency across, this has now fallen to 25.

"Women are persecuted (in Turkey), and as a women's news agency we must show this," says Safiye Alagas, another photographer working at the agency, who also explains that the repeated shut downs are symptomatic of this.