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Ayşe Düzkan released from prison

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25 June 2019

The jailed journalist ‘adopted’ by the NUJ has been released from Bakirkoy prison in Istanbul.

Ayşe Düzkan started an 18 month prison sentence at the end of January this year. She was released on probation last week, but is required to sign in at a police station every three days, undertake unpaid work for fours hours a week and is not allowed to leave Istanbul.

“I am in good spirts, as I have been throughout my time in prison,” she said.

Ayşe was jailed for allowing her name to appear on the masthead of the pro-Kurdish-rights newspaper Özgür Gündem (which translates as Free Agenda). She is one of more than 50 journalists who did so and who have either been jailed or who have cases pending.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

“Ayşe’s bravery is truly an inspiration. Allowing yourself to be jailed in defence of media freedom is something that few of us would have the guts to do. Turkey is blessed with having such courageous journalists, and happy though I am that Ayşe is now free, hundreds of her colleagues remain in prison, and they will now be the focus of the NUJ’s campaigning.”

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