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A Wall Street Journal reporter has been sentenced by a Turkish court to 25 months in prison for publishing an article deemed to be terrorist propaganda by the increasingly authoritarian Turkish government.
The sentence against Ayla Albayrak, a Journal reporter previously based in Istanbul, was in response to an Aug. 19, 2015, article Albayrak wrote entitled, “Urban Warfare Escalates in Turkey’s Kurdish-Majority Southeast.”
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The piece focused on the conflict between Turkish security forces and members of PKK, a Kurdish separatist group, in Silopi, Turkey. The Turkish government, the U.S. and the European Union consider PKK to be a terrorist group.
For the article, Albayrak interviewed a person affiliated with a youth group that the Turkish government says is associated with PKK. Albayrak has said that she conducted the interview to provide an outside perspective to her piece, but Turkish authorities have alleged that it showed sympathy for PKK.
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Months after Albayrak’s article was published, she was summoned to a police station in Istanbul, where she was being investigated for spreading terrorist propaganda. She was indicted in April 2016.
Albayrak, who is currently in New York, plans to appeal her conviction.
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“Given the current climate in Turkey, this appalling decision shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me, but it did,” Albayrak told her newspaper...
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