Young Turkish journalist Sultan Eylem Keleş was detained on Monday January 17 this year while leaving her college, over an alleged connection to a terrorist organisation. Keleş is a former reporter for Kurdish Women’s News Agency JINHA that was recently shut down. Currently she is engaged in the proactive platform Erktolia, which takes action against sexism in Turkey by exposing it. Sultan Eylem Keleş noted for Fairpress that she was detained over her posts on social media and participation in demonstrations: I am a young woman studying and practising journalism in Turkey. In Turkey, we are in a period of ‘de facto’ prohibition of the freedom of expression on social media and of the right to assemble and to demonstrate. Just as journalism itself is practically prohibited. In this backdrop I was taken into custody by the Counter-Terror Police Unit with gi- no reason
ven whatsoever as per OHAL laws (State of Emergency Laws) on my way out of my university. My social media posts and the demonstrations I have participated in were used as a justification in charging me with spreading terrorism propaganda. I was conditionally..