Journalist Zehra Doğan jailed

Journalist-painter Zehra Doğan was detained while travelling on Amed-Mardin highway and she was remanded in custody due to an approved prison sentence given to her.

Zehra Doğan, an editor and reporter for Jin News Agency (JINHA) that was shut down with an emergency decree, was detained while travelling from Amed to Mardin where her family lives. Doğan was taken into custody due to an approved final verdict, and she was taken to Diyarbakır Type E Closed Prison.

Women's News Agency JINHA reporter Zehra Doğan had been detained on July 23, 2016 while covering the curfew in Mardin's Nusaybin district. On the basis of secret witness statements, she was then jailed for “membership to a terrorist organization” and “spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization”.

After 141 days in prison, Doğan was released following the first hearing at Mardin 2nd Heavy Penal Court on December 9, 2016.

During the next hearing on March 2, 2017 Doğan was sentenced to 2 years, 9 months and 22 days in prison for sharing the paintings she drew on social media, and reporting on the notes of 10 years old Elif Akboğa.

The prison sentence given by a local court was recently taken to Antep Court of Appeals which did not revoke but approved the sentence.