Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 5, 2019

Journalist sentenced to 10 months in prison

An Istanbul court on May 7 sentenced Cansu Pişkin, a reporter for the leftist daily Evrensel, to 10 months in prison for “making a target of a civil servant for terrorist organizations,” the television news website Medyascope reported. The court suspended Pişkin’s sentence barring a repeated offense in the next five years. Pişkin had, in a news article, included the name of a prosecutor involved in a case against a group of university students who had protested Turkey’s military action in Syria in 2018. Pişkin pleaded not guilty at the final hearing. Her defense team said their client did not intend to make the prosecutor a target by including his name in the piece, pointing out that the prosecutor’s name had been featured in other news articles as well.

Prison sentence overturned for Paradise Papers journalist

A local appeals court in Istanbul on

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