Turkey releases Kurdish journalist after almost three years

Zehra Doğan, an artist and journalist for the Kurdish news agency (JİNHA), which has been shut down by the Erdogan regime, was released on Sunday after two years, nine months and 22 days in prison

Doğan was convicted of disseminating “terrorist propaganda” in social media posts and news stories.

Her reports covered curfews in Turkey’s Southeast imposed during a military offensive against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) as well as the occupation by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) of Kurdish-populated towns in northern Syria.

In March 2018 famous British street artist Banksy portrayed Doğan and her drawings on a mural in New York City.

Doğan was one of the founders of JİNHA, Turkey’s first women’s news agency, which was shut down by a government decree in 2016.

According to Turkish media outlets, she was released due to the completion of her sentence.