Turkey Convicts Wall Street Journal Reporter of terrorism

Turkey Convicts Wall Street Journal Reporter of terrorism

A Turkish court convicted a longtime Wall Street Journal reporter in absentia on terrorism charges and sentenced her to two years and one month in prison.
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A Turkish court convicted a longtime Wall Street Journal reporter in absentia on terrorism charges and sentenced her to two years and one month in prison.

Journalist Ayla Albayrak, a dual citizen of Turkey and Finland, was accused of violating Article 7/2 of Turkey’s Antiterror Law with her article headlined “Urban Warfare Escalates in Turkey’s Kurdish-Majority Southeast” in August 2015.

The article described clashes between Turkish security forces and Kurdish separatists in Silopi, a city near the borders of Turkey, Syria and Iraq.

The Wall Street Journal’s editor in chief, Gerard Baker, and its chief executive officer and publisher, William Lewis, condemned the ruling

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemned the conviction and called on Turkish authorities to stop their relentless crackdown on the press.

Source: CPJ + Reports

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