Journalist and painter Zehra Dogan has been convicted of “making propaganda for a terrorist organisation” for sharing her paintings depicting the period of curfews in Mardin and Nusaybin and turning a 10-year-old child’s notes into an article.
While Zehra Dogan, arrested in Nusaybin 23 July last year, was acquitted from charges of ”being a member of a terrorist organisation” she was convicted for “organisational propaganda.”
In a tweet, Dogan said: “I have been sentenced to 2 years and 10 months after having been asked ‘Why did you draw a picture of raised buildings with Turkish flags.’ Truth is they took the picture, I just turned it into a painting.”
“Yıkık binalara neden türk bayraklı bu resmi yaptın” diye 2 yıl 10 ay hapis aldım. Oysa bu fotoğrafı çeken onlardı. Ben sadece resmettim.. pic.twitter.com/kaMPA8Zbb5
— Zehradogan (@zehradoganjinha) March 5, 2017
Dogan was editor of women-only Jin News Agency (JINHA) which was closed down on 29 October, 2016 by the Turkish government by statutory decree law (KHK).