Turkey sentences Wall Street Journal reporter to prison
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Turkey sentences Wall Street Journal reporter to prison

Ayla Albayrak to appeal conviction on charge of propaganda supporting outlawed Kurdish rebels

File: Turkish journalists stand behind a banner reading "If you have a free press, there is a free society -- the Gaztec organizations G9 Platform" (a journalists' association) as they protest against attacks on journalists and in support of freedom of the press during a demonstration in Ankara on May 3, 2014. (Adem Altan/AFP)
File: Turkish journalists stand behind a banner reading "If you have a free press, there is a free society -- the Gaztec organizations G9 Platform" (a journalists' association) as they protest against attacks on journalists and in support of freedom of the press during a demonstration in Ankara on May 3, 2014. (Adem Altan/AFP)

ANKARA, Turkey — The Wall Street Journal said one of its reporters has been convicted in Turkey of terrorist propaganda and has been sentenced to two years and one month in prison.

The paper said late Tuesday that Ayla Albayrak, who has dual Finnish and Turkish citizenship, would appeal her conviction on the charge of engaging in propaganda supporting outlawed Kurdish rebels.

Ayla Albayrak (LinkedIn)

Albayrak’s conviction stemmed from an article she wrote in 2015 on a conflict between Kurdish militants and government forces in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast.

More than 100 journalists have been imprisoned in Turkey and some 200 media outlets were shut down as part of a government crackdown that has targeted alleged members of a movement led by a US-based cleric blamed for last year’s failed coup, as well as opposition lawmakers and activists.

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