A Turkish journalist who reported on the Paradise Papers has been sentenced to more than a year behind bars for her investigative work, which shed light on the business dealings of the country’s former prime minister, Binali Yildirim.
Pelin Unker was found guilty of “defamation and insult” by an Istanbul court on Tuesday, The Guardian reported, and sentenced to 13 months and 15 days in prison (plus a fine of $1,570) for “insulting and slandering a public official,” according to Deutsche Welle.
Unker’s work was published in the left-leaning secular Cumhuriyet newspaper and detailed Malta-based companies owned by Yildirim and his two sons. Yildirim left the prime ministerial post when it was abolished in 2018 and currently serves as speaker of Turkey’s national assembly. Unker no longer works for Cumhuriyet.
The journalist has already faced legal action over her reporting, having been