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.

Veteran journalist gets suspended sentence on terrorism charges
Istanbul’s 22nd Court for Serious Crimes today sentenced veteran journalist Hasan Cemal to a suspended sentence of one year and three months in prison on charges of “making propaganda for a [terrorist] organization,” the news website Özgürüz reported. The court found that Cemal’s July 11, 2016, column for the website T24 constituted propaganda for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which Turkey classes as a terrorist group. The column memorialized slain PKK commander Feyman Hüseyin, whom Cemal had met and interviewed.

[February 14, 2017]