Turkish journalist Büşra Erdal said in a letter that she continues to “languish” in a prison despite completion of her prison term, the Gülen-friendly website TR724 reported.
“As of March 2020, I completed a total of 3 years, 8 months in prison. This means I qualify for a release on probation,” Erdal said.
Erdal used to work for the Zaman and Yeni Hayat dailies, both of which were closed down by the Turkish government due to their links to the Gülen movement.
The Turkish government accuses the Gülen movement of masterminding a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016 and labels it a “terrorist organization,” although the movement strongly denies involvement in the coup attempt or any terrorist activity.
The journalist was detained at her family home in the western Turkish province of Manisa on July 26, 2016 and was subsequently arrested on July 29, 2016.
A high criminal court in İstanbul in March 8 concluded the trial of Erdal and dozens of other journalists and handed down a jail sentence of six years, three months to her on charges of membership in a terrorist organization.
Erdal is currently incarcerated in İstanbul’s Bakırköy Prison.