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Journalists In Turkey Sentenced To Prison For Reporting Corruption In Government


Turkey has an unfortunate history of repression of media critical of government, though in the last year an estimated forty imprisoned journalists have been released. According to BIA Media Monitoring Reports, the number of jailed journalists in Turkey fell from 104 in 2010 to 59 last year and to 19 by November 2014. However the underlying trend of jailing journalists in Turkey and many other nations of the world continues.

On January seventeenth, ?enyüz' article included the following statement, (roughly translated) "In order for Bilal to erect a mall in Etiler District, land belonging to a police school was seized. Title was then transferred to the municipality from police authorities. Then, the land was declared as a 'Hazard Zone'. Afterward, the mall project began."

?enyüz later announced he was appealing the ruling. He wrote the following to his twitter account, "This is understandable but those who stole millions…have not even made a statement. I am frustrated by this."

In a January ninth article authored by Sürmeli in Ulusal Kanal titled "Bribery delivery in the toilet [stall]," the reporter exposed various bribery allegations stemming from the December seventeenth corruption probe. The news account revealed that graft was exchanged between various actors.

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