Veteran journalist put in prison after losing appeal of terrorist propaganda verdict

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Veteran journalist Hüseyin Aykol

Journalist Hüseyin Aykol was put in prison on Thursday after a regional appeals court upheld a three-year, nine-month prison sentence for disseminating terrorist propaganda.

Aykol was one of the journalists who served as symbolic editors-in-chief for a day of the now-closed Kurdish daily, Özgür Gündem.

The campaign of solidarity with Özgür Gündem began on May 3, 2016 and ended on Aug. 7 of the same year.

Turkish prosecutors launched investigations into 50 of the 56 symbolic editors-in-chief, and 37 of them have received prison sentences of varying lengths.

The closure of the Özgür Gündem daily, for what the Turkish court that ordered it said was spreading propaganda for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), came shortly after an abortive coup in Turkey in July 2016.

Police on Thursday raided Aykol’s apartment in Ankara, taking him into custody. He was later sent to Sincan Prison.

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