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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 26, 2017

Abdullah Kılıç, courtesy of the Kılıç family

Actress, director convicted of terrorism charges after showing solidarity with newspaper
Istanbul's 22nd Court for Serious Crimes yesterday sentenced actress Jülide Kural and writer and director İlham Batır to 15 months in prison on charges of "propagandizing for a terrorist organization" in connection with their participation in a campaign that saw dozens of prominent Turkish journalists, intellectuals, and celebrities act as the co-editor of Özgür Gündem for a day to protest authorities' relentless judicial harassment of the newspaper, Bianet reported. The court suspended both sentences on condition the offense was not repeated. Kural was also fined for 6,000 Turkish lira (US $1,647) for "publishing the statements of a [terrorist] organization."

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 5

Protesters in Berlin call for the release of Die Welt Turkey correspondent Deniz Yücel, February 28, 2017. (Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch)

Suspended sentences, fines, for participants in newspaper solidarity campaign
Istanbul's 22nd Court for Serious Crimes today convicted four people of terrorism charges in connection with the coverage of the pro-Kurdish daily newspaper Özgür Gündem on the days on which they each symbolically acted as co-editor of the newspaper to protest authorities' relentless judicial harassment of the newspaper, according to news reports. Police raided and sealed the newspaper's office in August 2016, as dozens of writers, activists, academics, and artists continued to show solidarity with the newspaper by symbolically adding their names to the newspaper's masthead for a day.

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 12

A court on February 14, 2017, handed columnist Hasan Cemal, seen here at a colleague's funeral in Istanbul on October 30, 2015, a suspended sentence of one year and three months in prison on charges of propagandizing for a terrorist group in one of his columns.

Publisher closes magazine for cartoon lampooning Moses
The publisher of the cartoon magazine GırGır announced today that he was closing down the magazine after its publication of a cartoon depicting Moses irritating his followers wandering in the desert by talking too much and bragging about parting the Red Sea sparked outrage on social media, including from the president's office, news website T24 reported.

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