Turkey’s Pelin Ünker in urgent list of world’s endangered journalists

The One Free Press Coalition, an initiative established recently at the International Media Council at the World Economic Forum, included Turkish reporter Pelin Ünker in an urgent list of endangered journalists, Forbes reported on Friday.

Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, is also among the 10 journalists included in the list. 

“Pelin Ünker wrote a piece as part of the Paradise Papers corruption investigation in 2017, revealing offshore holdings of the family of then-Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım. As retribution, authorities charged and sentenced her to 13 months for insulting the prime minister,” Forbes said. 

In November 2017, Ünker reported in Cumhuriyet daily that Yıldırım’s two sons were the main beneficiaries of five shipping companies registered in Malta for tax optimisation purposes.

The family did not deny the report, but brought a suit against the newspaper, citing its attempt to “create a false and partial perception by

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