A Turkish court has sentenced a journalist to three years in prison on conviction of disseminating terrorist propaganda in her social media posts, the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya news agency reported on Thursday.
The sentence was handed down by the Diyarbakır 4th High Criminal Court to Beritan Canözer, a reporter for JinNews, due to tweets she posted on her own account in 2014-2015 and on another account named “Beritan Sarya” in 2020 because of four comments and one like on social media.
The court has sentenced Beritan Canözer to one year, 10 months and 15 days in prison for her social media posts and to one year and three months in prison for the social media posts that were shared on a social media account “beritansarya” which her lawyer denied was hers.. Total over 3 years.
The court did not suspend the sentence due to the fact that Canözer was previously convicted on the same charges.
Canözer’s lawyer, Resul Temur, is expected to appeal the decision, according to a report by the Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA), a non-profit organization working in the fields of free speech, journalism, internet freedoms and the right to information.
Wikipedia> Diyarbakır, pop 1,791,373, has been a main focal point of the conflict between the Turkish state and various Kurdish separatist groups, and is seen by many Kurds as the de facto capital of Kurdistan. The city was intended to become the capital of an independent Kurdistan following the Treaty of Sèvres, but this was disregarded following subsequent political developments.
Womens demonstration in Diyarbakir 08/03/2022.. https://medyanews.net. When The Canary visited Jin News , we were told that there are currently 14 “free press” women in prison, nine from their organisation. “And we are all under investigation,” the women said. They told us about the situation for women in Turkey…https://www.thecanary.co/feature/2020/06/28/meet-journalist-beritan-canozer-a-threat-to-turkish-misogyny/
In Diyarbakir 12 persons were arrested for selling Kurdish music cassettes. The owners of shops with Kurdish names – HEVAL (comrade) or WELAT (homeland) – were threatened and ordered to change the signs within the hour. One tailor who refused to comply was thrown into prison for two days and his sign was altered….etc
Erdogan ordered bombing and shelling of Kurdish majority cities inside Turkey on 2o16 after the growth of Kurdish parties due to the unilateral PKK truce threatened the political balance of power. The west looked the other way as EU candidate Turkey bombed European cities with NATO weapons, blaming “terrorists”.
The repression has raged most fiercely in the majority Kurdish districts of south-east Anatolia, centered on the city of Diyarbakir. The military and police have attacked Kurdish towns and villages, including with artillery and jet fighters.
Since 2016, the government has arrested 20,000 HDP members and jailed 10,000. Musicians, newlyweds, journalists, and even restaurateurs are not immune to the Turkish government’s repression of its Kurdish population.
Erdogan’s bombing of Kurdish cities, 2016 Half of Diyarbakir’s historic district of Sur has been destroyed. Some 30,000 people have been displaced, and there is a city-wide effort to house and feed those who are now homeless. Similar destruction has been inflicted on the Kurdish cities of Nusaybin, Silopi, and Sirnak.
It is common for journalists in Turkey, which has a poor record on freedom of the press, to face threats, physical attacks and legal harassment due to their work.
Rights groups routinely accuse the Turkish government of trying to keep the press under control by imprisoning journalists, eliminating media outlets, overseeing the purchase of media brands by pro-government conglomerates and using regulatory authorities to exert financial pressure, especially after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan survived a failed coup in July 2016.
Turkey, which is among the top jailers of journalists in the world, was ranked 149th among 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) 2022 World Press Freedom Index, released in early May.
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