Prominent opposition columnist in Turkey sent back to prison

May 29, 2019 - 9:10 am

ISTANBUL (AP) — A prominent Turkish journalist has been sent back to prison in connection with convictions on terror charges handed down last year to an opposition newspaper.

Kadri Gursel, who previously wrote for the Cumhuriyet newspaper, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for "knowingly and willingly aiding a terror group without being a member." He tweeted Wednesday that he was convicted "without evidence and unjustly for journalistic activities."

Gursel already spent 11 months in pre-trial detention and said he was facing further injustice by being put behind bars again.

Thirteen other former Cumhuriyet journalists and senior staff members were convicted in April 2018 and six returned to prison last month after an appeals court confirmed their conviction.

The Journalists' Union of Turkey says 140 journalists and media workers in prison.

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