Turkish Artist Jailed for Painting Depicting Damage Caused by National Security Forces

March 10th, 2017

A Turkish painter and journalist has been sentenced to two years in prison for painting the destruction caused by Turkish security forces in the Nusaybin district of the city of Mardin.  Zehra Doğan was covering the region for Kurdish news agency JINHA, and the Turkish government used the work to claim her connection to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which it labels a terrorist organization.  “I was given two years and ten months only because I painted Turkish flags on destroyed buildings. However, they caused this. I only painted it,” she said.

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