WSJ jour­nal­ist con­victed in Turkey of spreading pro­pa­ganda

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE Wall Street Jour­nal says one of its re­porters has been con­victed in Turkey of ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda and has been sen­tenced to 2 years and one month in prison.

The pa­per said late Tues­day that Ayla Al­bayrak, who has dual Fin­nish and Turk­ish cit­i­zen­ship, would ap­peal her con­vic­tion on the charge of en­gag­ing in pro­pa­ganda sup­port­ing out­lawed Kur­dish rebels.

Al­bayrak’s con­vic­tion stemmed from an ar­ti­cle she wrote in 2015 on a con­flict be­tween Kur­dish mil­i­tants and govern­ment forces in Turkey’s mainly Kur­dish south­east.

More than 100 jour­nal­ists have been im­pris­oned in Turkey and some 200 me­dia out­lets were shut down as part of a govern­ment crack­down. – AP

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