Turkey Sentences Wall Street Journal Reporter To Jail For Terrorist Propaganda

A Turkish court has just fanned the flames of an incipient diplomatic crisis between the US and NATO's most problematic member, when it found a Wall Street Journal reporter guilty of engaging in "terrorist propaganda" in support of a banned Kurdish organization. Ayla Albayrak was sentenced to more than two years in prison for writing a 2015 story about clashes between Turkish security forces and Kurdish separatists in the country’s restive southeast.

While charges have been pending against the reporter - who presently resides in New York and was convicted in absentia – for more than a year, the decision will promptly be interpreted by the US as the latest recrimination in a spat that began last week when Turkey arrested a local employee at the US consulate in Istanbul on terrorism-related charges, alleging he was a supporter of Fehtullah Gulen, an Turkish cleric living in self-imposed exile in the US who Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blamed for last year’s coup attempt. The arrest prompted the US to suspend visa issuance for Turkish citizens, a move that was swiftly reciprocated by the Turkish government. On Monday, Turkey announced charges against another US embassy employee, sending the Turkish lira crashing the most since the July 2016 failed "coup", while local stocks and bonds tumbled in sympathy.

WSJ Editor in Chief Gerry Baker slammed the Turkish court’s decision" “This was an unfounded criminal charge and wildly inappropriate conviction that wrongly singled out a balanced Wall Street Journal report,” said Baker. “The sole purpose of the article was to provide objective and independent reporting on events in Turkey, and it succeeded.”

The reporter, Ayla Albayrak, has dual Finnish and Turkish citizenship. On Aug. 19, 2015, WSJ published an Albayrak story titled “Urban Warfare Escalates in Turkey’s Kurdish-Majority Southeast.” The story and an accompanying video reported on the state of a conflict in Silopi, Turkey, between Turkish security forces and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. It included interviews with the local mayor and residents, a Turkish government official, as well as a representative of an organization Turkey says is the youth unit of the PKK. The PKK is considered a terrorist group by both Turkey and the UK.

“Given the current climate in Turkey, this appalling decision shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me, but it did,” said Ms. Albayrak.

Trump and Erdogan discussed the improving US-Turkey relationship during a press conference in Washington earlier this year (which in retrospect could have gone better) and Trump offered his personal congratulations to Erdogan after the Turkish president won a referendum vote to retool the country’s constitution and dramatically expand his own powers. However, Turkey has been frustrated by Trump’s refusal to turn over Gulen, as well as a local prosecutors’ decision to charge members of Erdogan’s security detail with assault for attacking a group of Kurdish protesters during Erdogan’s Washington visit.

As part of the article she was convicted for, Albayrak interviewed a person who described herself as a member of the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement, or YDG-H, which the Turkish government says is the youth unit of the PKK. She has maintained that her reporting was based solely on objective fact, and didn’t represent advocacy for the separatists’ cause.

WSJ points out that the case is a rare example of Turkey bringing terrorism charges against a reporter working for a Western media outlet. Deniz Yücel, a prominent German-Turkish journalist for newspaper Die Welt, was arrested in Istanbul in February under terrorism suspicions and remains in pretrial detention.

Turkey’s crackdown on the press has intensified in recent years. Amnesty International and other rights groups say Turkey has more journalists jailed than any other country in the world. Since last summer’s coup attempt, authorities have closed more than 150 media outlets citing Erdogan’s state of emergency.

Turkey is ranked 155 on Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index this year, worse than Russia or Pakistan.

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Meanwhile, after tensions eased modestly following yesterday's crash in the Turkish Lira, which as noted above plunged as much as 8%, its biggest one day drop since the July 2016 "attempted coup", which however promptly drew the Buy the Dippers out of the woodwork, news of the sentencing launched another major round of selling, and in light of the daily tit-for-tat deterioration in diplomacy, this time buyers of Turkish assets may just think twice.

Comments

serotonindumptruck 38BWD22 Tue, 10/10/2017 - 18:48 Permalink

Well, everyone must pick a side in almost every conflict if one expects to have a valid opinion on it.Besides, it might be the Natural Order of things.Too many humans on this planet, not enough room for me.Planet Earth is a cosmic Petri Dish.When there are too many humans, and more than the ecosystem can sustain, then war and conflict are inevitably the result.edit: apparently, I'm not allowed to remain neutral.fuck you downvoters.

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Manthong serotonindumptruck Tue, 10/10/2017 - 19:34 Permalink

“Too many humans”… Really? Look down next time you fly across the Midwest, or Saskatchewan, Africa, South America or central Russia… plenty of room for everyone. It's the political, corporate and banker grifters that we don’t have room for anymore.  But now the poor thing can’t go to Turkey anymore. Boo hoo hoo. Think of all the wonderful things she will be missing. Like ??? And ??? And ??? And even the Cathedral Hagia Sophia that has been pimped out to be a mosque. 

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serotonindumptruck Manthong Tue, 10/10/2017 - 19:52 Permalink

You might be misconstruing my comments.Perhaps I should have qualified my statement with the caveat that I was speaking objectively, not for myself.When there are too many organisms within a given ecosystem, then science and logic dictate that there will be too many organisms competing for the same resources.

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Manthong serotonindumptruck Tue, 10/10/2017 - 21:19 Permalink

  I get it... Squirrels, deer, fish etc. will populate to some sustainable maximum per acre or whatever their range is and then self-regulate by dying off. But there is plenty of room and resources on the planet to sustain a larger human population.
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The problem is that r-selected humans breed like rabbits, have the parental investment of male squirrels and consume to the extent of the ecosystem.
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K-selected humans have substantial parental investment, produce less, but higher quality offspring and most often are the producers that the r-selected leech off of and eventually overwhelm. Look at any Democrat controlled big city in the US and you will see this proven every day. If Europe does not act quickly and decisively, it will eventually be consumed by Merkel’s and the bleeding heart liberal’s r-selected imports.  

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BobEore serotonindumptruck Tue, 10/10/2017 - 21:05 Permalink

Yet another thread quickly hijscked by an |Exceptionalist| crew...

whose ONLY interest in the subject at hand is to fit it into their brawling fanbouy factionalism. Pity, that... as the nation under the spotlight is the fulcrum point of sionist plans for finally placing Merika... and little do they grok... Merikans...

under the bus,

replaced in their affections... and global influence, by the new Eastern posse of puppet states patched together by tel aviv to rule the waves - and knaves -

who READ IT ON THE INTERNET - the "NEW SILK ROAD" ushers in an era of global peace and prosperity for all! Instead of a "Pax Sionista" - the pox of civilization and an emerging nightmare of neofeudalism reigned over by mordor and its' many sarumans.

USAUSA! becomes USSAUSSA!... and the groupies never stopped chanting. UNITED SIONISIST SATRAPY OF AMERICA. hurrah.

https://storify.com/SuaveBel/t-the-western-world

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johngaltfla Lurk Skywatcher Tue, 10/10/2017 - 18:59 Permalink

LOL, the U.S. is a little slow on this. It started with the assclown Clinton appointed as ambassador in the late 1990's and has gone downhill since. Turkey wants to put the Russian built S-400's at Incirlik and the Trump administration is trying to claim the rights of NATO as a "lessor" of the base.Russia won, America lost. Get out, and put all our resources in Greece if we are going to get serious in the region; or better yet in the Greek region of Cyprus.

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Chupacabra-322 38BWD22 Tue, 10/10/2017 - 18:53 Permalink

Let’s explore the Geopolitical ramifications a little deeper shall we?

The Imperial model of American diplomacy has collapsed and they are helpless in the face of Russian diplomacy that offers a fair deal.

Rather than reassess their model, the empire has decided on a policy of plunging into chaos any state that does not bend over.

Syria Libya and Iraq are victims of this model. If they seem to be rallying under the Russian banner because the Russians offer stability and their Chinese partners, prosperity.

What does the empire have to offer?

Threats, war, oppression, debt, and corrupt treasonous puppet leaders.

Who is going to win this race?

The only way America can save itself is to purge the deep state traitors who put the empire before the Republic. They will lose both and gain nothing.

If you want to move the price of oil by $10 increments - Russia is the natural ally - and proven to be a master of strategy/ equipment / technology/ tactics / commitment you can count on / and especially Diplomacy.

Each $10 PER Bbl- is $33 Billion per annum to SA. Not pocket change - when the largest "future" world supplier is ....Russia and can make it stick.

They also have Iran / Iraq / Turkey / Syria / Hezbollah as partners plus tangentially the Taliban / Pakistan. (Yinion Plan thwarted)

And, a 10 million man military when the game goes full tilt and they want it -- China!

The Washington Cabal has no credibility with its "word" internationally nor with its Citizens - who hate them - republicans & Democrats alike
No one but fools see otherwise.

LV was inept- no videos of the garage / elevators / hallway / lobby of the PERP!!!!!

This event is representative of their credibility worldwide.

We are witnessing the CLOWN car go to a Clown bus and now to a Clown Train.

Trump is a minor figure in this 70 year process which never changed
Good luck to all American Citizens - you didn't deserve what's to happen.

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38BWD22 Chupacabra-322 Tue, 10/10/2017 - 19:36 Permalink

  + 1I always like your material Chupacabra.*   *   *But, my comments were made to show that Vladimir chooses bloody dictators as friends.  Bloody.  America should stay out of other countries' business, agreed.Geopolitically, Meghan O'Shaunessy (in her new book (2017) Windfall ) makes the case that Saudi and Russia are LOSERS in the global energy glut.  And will be for quite sometime.

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European American 38BWD22 Tue, 10/10/2017 - 18:53 Permalink

Excuse my harsh words to the rest of you, but FUCK YOU 388WD22,  you Zionist Bitch!!The "Real Winners", as you put it, happened to be sovereign countries who've attacked how many countries in the last 200 years?. Whereas, the USSA, owned and operated by Zionist Jews and their minions like you, love to infect any country that doesn't play by the Satanic Central Bankers rules. 

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38BWD22 European American Tue, 10/10/2017 - 19:24 Permalink

  North Korea attacked South Korea in the early 1950s. They were responsable for many, many deaths.Ahh, try opening your yap like that in Russia.  They'll kill you, or at a minimum send you to a Gulag.Similar in Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and Iran.*   *   *Anti-Semite much? Mr. Schwartz down there at the bank turn you down for a car loan?  LOL*   *   *Please show me how the Zionists own the USA.  No fringe web links please.

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07564111 38BWD22 Tue, 10/10/2017 - 19:39 Permalink

lol you lie and you know it noballs guy. The scum navalny is free to speak and walk the streets as he pleases in Russia. What he is not free to do is organize protests (maiden) for the western pigs who pay for his bread.

You sound a little miffed, how are things in Peru ? will they also pivot to Russia ? ;)

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