“Whether or not you’re a journalist, Americans can be sentenced to prison just for existing in Turkey”

WORLD AFFAIRS JOURNAL
Turkey Is Behaving like an Enemy Now
by Michael J. Totten
October 12, 2017

Turkey, along with the American-Turkish relationship, is going so far off the rails so quickly right now that there’s no chance you’re aware of everything that’s going on unless you track it professionally or get Google Alerts in your inbox. Where to even begin? We could start, I suppose, with the fact that a Turkish court sentenced a Wall Street Journal reporter to two years in prison in absentia for “promoting a terrorist organization.” Her real crime? Interviewing and quoting members of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK). In other words, doing her job. The reporter, Ayla Albayrak, is in the United States now, so President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan can’t get his grubby mitts on her, but let this be a lesson to all journalists who write about Turkey.You can and will be sentenced to prison. READ MORE

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