11 Jun 2019 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 20 May 2016 Turkey

Journalist Given 20-months in Prison, Stripped of Parental Rights

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CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
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A court in the city of Mersin sentenced journalist Arzu Yildiz to 20 months in prison and deprived her of her parental rights for breaching court confidentiality over footage she published on social media in May 2015. The footage was from a court hearing where four prosecutors were on trial for ordering a search of trucks belonging to Turkey's MIT intelligence agency as they travelled to Syria in 2014. The trial of the four prosecutors was held in a closed court, however Yildiz obtained the videos and posted the testimonies of the prosecutors on Youtube. The case will now be heard by the Appeal Court.
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11 Jun 2019
After her conviction Yıldız fled the country. She sought asylum in Canada for political persecution.
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