Nedim Türfent, a reporter for the now defunct pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DIHA) was sentenced to 8 years and 9 months in prison on Friday.
The sentence was handed down on accusations of membership to a terrorist organization. Under arrest since May 2016, Türfent was ordered to remain behind bars. Prior to his arrest, Turfent had covered rights violations occurred during government imposed curfews in Yukseova, a district in the eastern province of Hakkari. During his first trial, 13 out of 24 witnesses had said they had been tortured to give false testimony.
The curfews were declared due to clashes between military and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
DIHA is among 184 news outlets the government closed in the aftermath of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.