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Photojournalist given suspended sentence for terrorist propaganda

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The İstanbul 33rd High Criminal Court on Thursday handed down a suspended 20-month sentence to a photojournalist on conviction of disseminating terrorist propaganda, the Diken news website reported.

Çağdaş Erdoğan was taken into police custody in September 2017 while he was taking photographs in İstanbul’s Kadıköy district, on allegations of photographing a Turkish intelligence building in the area.

After 11 days in custody, he was put in pretrial detention by a court on terrorism charges.

Erdoğan was released pending trial in February 2018.

Although the court acquitted him of terrorist group membership, he was convicted of disseminating terrorist propaganda.

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