Court gives pro-Kurdish news editor suspended sentence on terrorism charges

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Pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya news agency editor Mehmet Ali Ertaş (Photo: TurkeyPurge)

Pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya news agency editor Mehmet Ali Ertaş was handed down a 15-month suspended sentence on terrorism charges on Friday, according to local media.

A Diyarbakir court convicted Ertaş of insulting the government and disseminating propaganda on behalf of a terrorist group.

The court said Ertaş was convicted because he described a 2015 bombing in Ankara as a “massacre” on his social media accounts.

One hundred two people were killed and more than 400 were injured on Oct.10, 2015 when two Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) suicide bombers blew themselves up outside Ankara’s central train station during a demonstration calling for peace in the country. The bombing was the most serious terrorist attack in the history of the Turkish Republic.

Turkey is the biggest jailer of the journalists in the world, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). (Turkey Purge)

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