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Turkey: Court Conviction of Reporter Criminalizes Journalism: In response to a Turkish court’s conviction of a Wall Street Journal reporter in absentia for “terrorist propaganda” and her sentence to 25 months in prison for an article published in August 2015 on fighting between the government and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Freedom House issued the following statement:

“The conviction of Ayla Albayrak for doing her job as a journalist is a grave violation of press freedom,” said Michael J. Abramowitz, president of Freedom House. “A journalist’s job is to report freely, including on issues and events that governments would prefer to discuss only on its own terms or not disclose at all. By convicting Albayrak for her professional activities, Turkey’s courts demonstrate that they consider journalism that offends them a criminal activity.”

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Turkey: Court Conviction of Reporter Criminalizes Journalism: In response to a Turkish court’s conviction of a Wall Street Journal reporter in absentia for “terrorist propaganda” and her sentence to 25 months in prison for an article published in August 2015 on fighting between the government and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Freedom House issued the following statement:“The conviction of Ayla Albayrak for doing her job as a journalist is a grave violation of press freedom,” said Michael J. Abramowitz, president of Freedom House. “A journalist’s job is to report freely, including on issues and events that governments would prefer to discuss only on its own terms or not disclose at all. By convicting Albayrak for her professional activities, Turkey’s courts demonstrate that they consider journalism that offends them a criminal activity.”Turkey: Court Conviction of Reporter Criminalizes Journalism: In response to a Turkish court’s conviction of a Wall Street Journal reporter in absentia for “terrorist propaganda” and her sentence to 25 months in prison for an article published in August 2015 on fighting between the government and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Freedom House issued the following statement:y.”