Turkey’s now-former prime minister did not dispute the facts the journalist reported — but the journalist was sent to jail anyway.
Binali Yildirim and his sons acknowledge that Pelin Unker’s report was accurate: Yes, they were among those who invested their riches in the offshore tax haven of Malta, thus avoiding paying their fair share to their own government.
But they charged her in court with defaming and insulting them — albeit with the truth.
Unker was one of many journalists around the planet reporting on the so-called Paradise Papers, a trove of leaked documents that exposed wealthy and powerful tax evaders, including the estate of British Queen Elizabeth II. Even when this tax dodging is legal, it’s unfair in the eyes of most ordinary taxpayers. People have a right to know those facts.
The Yildirim family was given a chance to answer questions before Unker’s report was