ZEHRA DOĞAN

(12 Haziran 2017'den bu yana tutuklu)
Zehra Doğan, the editor of JINHA, was detained on 21 July 2016 in Mardin, southeastern Turkey, and remanded in pre-trial detention on 23 July on charges of membership of and making propaganda for a terrorist organization. 
“I was strip searched [by two women police officers] when I was detained in Mardin. When they took me to the Anti-Terrorism branch, I was strip searched again. Police officers told me ‘there is a state of emergency now, all the rights are ours, we can do whatever we want.’ They threatened me with torture. One of them suggested I should become his lover, that if I did so, he would save me. It was awful. I kept on saying I am a journalist.” 
 
The case against Zehra Doğan was based on witness statements from nine people who alleged they had seen her speaking to members of YPS, the youth wing of the PKK in the town of Nusaybin, Mardin province, during the curfew. Her questioning by the prosecutor lasted no more than 10 minutes. She said: “The prosecutor had already decided to refer me to the judge to be sent to prison”. 

In Mardin prison, Zehra Doğan was held with 51 others in a wing designed to hold 30 women. For months, she slept on the floor on blankets. Access to water was limited to three one-hour slots a day. She noticed her hands shaking and hair loss, which she thinks was due to the lack of nutritional value of the food they were given. 

Zehra Doğan was released on 9 December 2016. On 3 March 2017, she was acquitted of membership but convicted of making propaganda for a terrorist organization on the basis of shares on social media, none of which contained incitement to violence. She was sentenced to two years, nine months and 22 days in prison. At the time of writing she was at liberty pending the outcome of an appeal.

JİNHA editörü Zehra Doğan 21 Temmuz 2016 tarihinde gözaltına alındı. 23 Temmuz 2016 tarihinde “terör örgütüne üye olma” ve “terör örgütü propagandası yapma” suçlamasıyla  tutuklanmasına karar verildi. Doğan 12 Haziran 2017'de tutuklandı.

Doğan aleyhinde açılan dava, Doğan’ı sokağa çıkma yasağının olduğu bir esnada Mardin ilinin Nusaybin ilçesinde PKK’nin gençlik kolu olan YPS üyeleriyle konuşurken gördüklerini iddia eden dokuz kişinin tanık ifadelerine dayanıyor. Doğan’ın savcılıktaki sorgusu 10 dakikadan fazla sürmedi.

Doğan, Mardin’deki cezaevindeyken 30 kişilik bir koğuşta 51 kişiyle birlikte kaldı ve aylar boyunca yerde battaniyelerin üzerinde uyudu. Günde üç kez birer saat olmak üzere sağlanan suya erişimi de kısıtlıydı.

3 Mart 2017’de örgüt üyeliği suçlamasından beraat eden Doğan, hiçbirinde şiddete teşvik eden bir içerik bulunmayan sosyal medyadaki paylaşımları gerekçe gösterilerek "terör örgütü propagandası yapmak"tan mahkûm edildi. Hakkında toplamda iki yıl, dokuz ay ve 22 gün hapis cezası verildi.

“Beni işkence yapmakla tehdit ettiler. İçlerinden biri eğer sevgilisi olursam beni kurtarabileceğini söyledi. Korkunçtu. Ben ise sürekli olarak gazeteci olduğumu söyleyip durdum.”

Zehra Doğan