Turkish court fines imprisoned journalist for insulting defence minister

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A Turkish court ordered on Thursday imprisoned journalist Müyesser Yıldız to pay 20,000 liras ($2,700) in compensation for insulting Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, OdaTV reported.

Meanwhile, the court rejected Yıldız’s lawsuit against Akar seeking compensation for emotional distress, OdaTV said.

Yıldız was earlier sentenced to 7080 lira for insulting Akar over her column in 2018 where she cited a secret witness who said the defence minister was a member of the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of attempting to carry out a coup in July 2016

But, she maintained writing on the coup trials and the defence minister’s role in them.

Yıldız is a journalist who specialises in military affairs and she was in prison for nearly three months on “political and military espionage” charges

The veteran journalist was imprisoned in 2011 for over a year on charges of terrorism, incitement, and obtaining secret documents, in a six-year trial in connection with an alleged plot to overthrow the government known as “Ergenekon.”

Odatv wrote that what Müyesser Yıldız reported on was publicly available court documents, and based on a witness testimony at one of the coup hearings. Therefore, Ylıldız did not report on a leak nor a secret document, but the court still found Yıldız guilty.

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