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Turkish journalist received 13 months imprisonment and a fine for participating in the investigation of the Paradise Archive 

The reporter allegedly insulted the Prime Minister and his sons.

Pelin Unker Photos from her archive

A court in Istanbul found journalist Pelin Unker guilty of insulting former Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and his two sons, as well as harming their business reputation. She was sentenced to imprisonment for 13 months and 15 days, as well as a fine of 8,600 lire (about 104 thousand rubles), said a consortium of journalists ICIJ.

Unker works as a Deutsche Welle correspondent in Turkey and writes for the local newspaper Cumhuriyet. The basis for the case against her was participation in an international investigation under the provisional name ” Paradise Archive ” about the activities of Bermuda law firm Appleby. As it turned out from the documents, the former Prime Minister and his children evaded taxes with the help of offshore companies in Malta.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]This court decision did not come as a surprise to us, because the result was clear from the very beginning. My articles do not contain a criminal offense or slander.[/perfectpullquote]
Pelin Unker

The verdict has not yet entered into force. Representatives of Unker stated that their client had the right to write about offshores, since this information is of social value. Lawyers intend to appeal the decision of the court. The convict noted that “the defense did not make sense,” since the Turkish authorities “punished journalism as such”.

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