The Wall Street Journal said one of its reporters has been convicted in Turkey and jailed in absentia on charges of publishing “terrorist propaganda” in an article on clashes between the Turkish army and outlawed Kurdish militants.
Ayla Albayrak, who is currently in New York, has been sentenced to two years and one month in prison, the Journal said on Tuesday. The newspaper defended the article as balanced, and Ms Albayrak said she would appeal.
The August 2015 article reported on a clash in Silopi in the restive southeast between Turkish security forces and the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
“This ruling against a professional and respected journalist is an affront to all who are committed to furthering a free and robust press,” said William Lewis, Dow Jones’s chief executive officer and publisher of The Wall Street Journal.
“We call on those who share this commitment to make their voices heard.
“We have stood by Ms Albayrak’s side for nearly two years as we have robustly pursued all available options to defend this baseless prosecution, and we will continue to stand with her as we seek to overturn this conviction.”
It came as a German journalist went on trial in Turkey charged with engaging in terrorist propaganda and membership of a banned radical leftist group, one of several cases which have led to a crisis in relations between Ankara and Berlin.