Pelin Unker, a business reporter with the Istanbul-based Cumhuriyet newspaper, was included in the list of 10 journalists worldwide who face most urgent threats to the press freedom.
The list prepared by One Free Press Coalition, a united front of prominent editors and publishers using the significant reach of their editorial and social platforms to spotlight journalists who are under attack globally. The media organizations collaborating in the project include the Associated Press, De Standaard, EURACTIV, Financial Times, Forbes, HuffPost, Le Temps, Reuters, Süddesutsche Zeitung, Time and Yahoo New.
“Pelin Unker wrote a piece as part of the Paradise Papers corruption investigation in 2017, revealing offshore holdings of the family of then-Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım. As retribution, authorities charged and sentenced her to 13 months for insulting the prime minister,” TIME magazine wrote Monday. Unker was also fined around $2,000.
The remaining nine journalists are as follows:
- Maria Ressa, founder of Rappler, The Philippines
- The late Jamal Khashoggi, Washington Post columnist, Saudi Arabia
- Eman Al Nafjan, prominent women’s rights blogger, Saudi Arabia
- Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, Reuters, Myanmar
- Claudia Duque, a veteran investigative reporter, Colombia
- Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, prominent blogger, Mauritania
- Anna Nimiriano, editor of Juba Monitor, South Sudan
- Thomas Awah Junior, correspondent for Afrik 2 Radio and publisher of Aghem Messenger, Cameroon
- Tran Thi Nga, prominent human rights blogger, Vietnam