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Wall Street Reporter Threatened For Doing Her Job

October 11, 2017

Just another example of the way dictatorial type nations treat journalists.  This is similar to the antics President Trump attempted today regarding NBC News.  The freedom of the press will always win–as it must.

“A Turkish court sentenced Wall Street Journal reporter Ayla Albayrak to two years and one month in prison Tuesday, declaring her guilty of engaging in terrorist propaganda in support of a banned Kurdish separatist organization through one of her Journal articles. … Ms. Albayrak … is currently in New York … ‘This was an unfounded criminal charge and wildly inappropriate conviction that wrongly singled out a balanced Wall Street Journal report,’ said Wall Street Journal Editor in Chief Gerard Baker. ‘The sole purpose of the article was to provide objective and independent reporting on events in Turkey, and it succeeded.'”

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said it condemned the Turkish court decision.

“The conviction of Ayla in Turkey is a very worrying sign and an escalation of the crackdown on the press,” said Nina Ognianova, the CPJ’s Europe and Central Asia program coordinator, calling Turkey the world’s top jailer of journalists. “We call on the Turkish authorities to overturn this decision immediately,” she said.

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