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Journalist Murat Celikkan has been jailed for being the Editor-in-Chief of the Özgür Gündem newspaper

Journalist and human rights defender Murat Celikkan has been jailed for being the editor-in-chief of Ozgur Gundem for one day.

Murat Celikkan has been sentenced for 6 months in prison after directing Ozgur Gundem, which had been shut down for “terror propaganda.”

The sentence of Celikkan has not been reduced as “he had not shown enough regret and remorse.” If Celikkan is not let out on probation after 45 days he is to remain in jail for 13 months according to the current laws, joining the horde of journalists currently in jail in Turkey.

Who is Celikkan?

Celikkan has worked as a journalist for 25 years taking on duties ranging from reporting and editing to writing columns.

He has actively played a role in human rights initiatives such as the Human Rights Association (IHD) and Amnesty International. He is the founder of the Turkish Association of Helsinki and the Human Right Foundation. He has worked on themes related to the Kurdish situation in Turkey and media ethic.

He is the director of the Hakikat Adalet Hafiza Center (Truth, Justice and Memory Center) since 2010.

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