Meltem Oktay, a reporter from now-closed pro-Kurdish DİHA news agency, has been sent to prison on charges of “disseminating terrorist propaganda” and “membership in an armed terrorist organization,” the T24 news portal reported on Wednesday.
Oktay was initially arrested by the Mardin 2nd Criminal Court on April 11, 2016, and given a jail term of two years and 4 months for covering the operations carried out in the Nusaybin district of Mardin province by Turkish security forces against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
After the Supreme Court of Appeals has approved the ruling by Mardin 2nd Criminal Court, Oktay was detained by police in Edirne and later taken to a prison in Mardin province.
Turkish security forces have been trying to clear southeastern towns and cities of PKK militants since July, 2015, when a two-year cease-fire with the group collapsed, shattering a settlement process launched by the government in late 2012 to end Turkey’s long-standing Kurdish problem and triggering the worst violence seen in the region in two decades.
According to a report by Amnesty International last December, an estimated half million people were forced from their homes as a result of a brutal crackdown by Turkish authorities over the past year, which may amount to collective punishment.