Ayla Albayrak

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Turkey's Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, pictured at a press conference in Ankara in August 2018. A Turkish newspaper is accused of insulting the minister through its reporting. (AFP/Adem Altan)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 8, 2018

Court sentences former Zaman journalist A court in Uşak on November 14 convicted Ali Ünal, a former columnist for the shuttered daily Zaman, of “founding and leading an armed terrorist organization” and sentenced him to 19 years and six months in prison, the news website Diken reported. The court acquitted the journalist of coup-related charges,…

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Turkish and Iraqi soldiers sit on Turkish tanks during exercises in Silopi, southeastern Turkey, near the border with Iraq, on September 26, 2017. A Wall Street Journal reporter is convicted of terrorism charges for her reporting from the area.(DHA-Depo Photos via AP )

Turkey convicts Wall Street Journal reporter of terrorism

New York, October 10, 2017–The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the conviction today of Wall Street Journal reporter Ayla Albayrak, and called on Turkish authorities to stop their relentless crackdown on the press. As the Journal reported, a court in the southeastern city of Cizre convicted Albayrak in absentia of terrorism and sentenced her to…

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