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Journalist given 7.5 years in prison on terrorism charges

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Journalist Seda Taşkın on Wednesday was sentenced to seven years, six months in prison on charges of supporting a terrorist organization and disseminating terrorist propaganda, the Mezopotamya news website reported.

She was arrested in January in Turkey’s capital city of Ankara on the basis of several tips received by the police after she had been briefly detained and released in December.

One of the tips accused her of shooting propaganda videos for “terrorists” and organizing youths for the benefit of a terrorist group, the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Her tweets and phone contacts with pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputies were cited as evidence in the indictment.

Although her trial was held at the Muş 2nd High Criminal Court, she has been jailed in Ankara.

Turkey is the biggest jailer of journalists in the world with over 200 journalists behind bars.

Terrorist propaganda and supporting terrorist groups are the most common charges that Turkish authorities use against journalists.

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