NUJ condemns sentencing of Turkish journalist Pelin Ünker
9 January 2019
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, condemned the actions of the Turkish court which has sent Pelin Ünker, a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, to prison for her work on the Paradise Papers investigation into offshore tax havens. The Istanbul court sentenced her to 13 months’ imprisonment for defamation and insult. Her report had revealed details of the business activities of the country’s former prime minister and his sons. She said:
“This is yet another example of the blatant mistreatment of journalists by the state in president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Turkey. The NUJ will do all it can to lobby against this unjust sentence and work to put pressure on the UK government to condemn this and the imprisonment of many other journalists in Turkey.”
The NUJ “adopted” Ayşe Düzkan, a member of the board of Disk-Is one of the NUJ's sister unions in Turkey, as an act of solidarity when she and her colleagues were sentenced to prison last month.