Turkey seeks 7.5 years in prison for journalist over terror charges

A Turkish prosecutor requested a 7.5-year prison sentence for journalist and author Işıl Özgentürk over charges of making terror propaganda, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported on Thursday.

An indictment prepared by the prosecutor in Istanbul said Özgentürk was conducting terror propaganda by sharing photos on social media during her visit to the southeast Turkish town of Suruç in 2015, according to Cumhuriyet.

The veteran journalist was in Suruç to report on the events of following the siege of the neighbouring Syrian town of Kobane by the Islamic State (ISIS) forces in an attempt to take the majority Kurdish town from the Syrian Kurdish militants defending it.

One of the evidence against Özgentürk was her photo showing images of three female Kurdish activists, who were murdered in Paris in 2013, hanged on the barbed tape at the border.

Three women, including Sakine Cansız, a co-founder of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), were shot dead in a Kurdish information centre in Paris in 2013.