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#Turkey Statement: Prison Sentence to Managing Editor of #Meydan Newspaper

On December 22, a turkish court sentenced managing editor Meydan Hüseyin Civan  of anarchist newspaper to 1 year and 3 months of imprisonment. We publish a first reaction by Meydan.

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Statement by anarchist newspaper Meydan, based in Turkey.

An investigation was started by Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s office about our newspaper related to articles “Both Arrival and Departure of State is From Fear”, “Banned Until Further Order”, and “Recreating Life” in issue 30 of our newspaper published on December 2015 with the caption “Banning Everything”. The lawsuit following the investigation ended after almost a year of trials.

On the summary judgement yesterday, the court sentenced the managing editor of our newspaper Hüseyin Civan to 1 year and 3 months of imprisonment with the charge “making propaganda for the methods of a terrorist organization constituting coercion, violence or threats through legitimizing or praising or encouraging the use of these methods”.

As we emphasized in the articles leading to the investigation, “State will never be able to captivate the passion of freedom of and the conviction of freedom of the peoples”.

As an anarchist newspaper knowing that the free life that we believe in can only be created through struggle, we will never give up writing what we stand up for and distributing what we write. We will continue to resist, act and write against oppression, investigations, custodies and arrests.

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