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Arzu Yıldız on the jail sentence and the taking away of legal rights over her children: They’re trying to punish me through my children, but I’ll continue to do journalism no matter what they do.

Turkish journalist Arzu Yıldız was sentenced on May 19 to 20 months in prison; the legal rights to her children were taken away from her for breaching the confidentiality of a court case, reported Reuters. As Reuters states, the journalist was sued by the country for publishing footage of the testimony of the prosecutor who was prosecuted after he accused the Turkish government of involvement in the smuggling of weapons for rebels in Syria. Namely, in 2014 footage leaked of trucks belonging to Turkey’s intelligence agency (MIT), carrying weapons for the rebels in Syria. Arzu Yıldız published the footage from the trial of the prosecutor (accused of espionage and shortly after arrested) on YouTube. The statement of the prosecutor regarding the trucks with weapons, which is in the video, was contrary to the statements of the government which claimed that it was actually humanitarian aid. Shortly af-

Author: Kristina Markalaus. Photo: pixabay.com

ter the footage was published, Yıldız was accused of breaching court confidentiality. For Fairpress, Arzu Yıldız referred to her situation, stressing that she is a frequent target of pressures due to the topics she deals with. For some time now I’ve been covering news related to the judiciary and the police. I’ve written a few articles on the topic of the MIT trucks and corruption documents of the ruling party. There were many investigations and court cases directed against me. There are still many cases which are being conducted..

 

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