Turkey Bans Newspaper for Revealing Funerals of Soldiers Killed in Libya


The Turkish authorities blocked the website of the Yeni Yaşam newspaper, days after the issuance of prison sentences for its editor and news director.

Yeni Yaşam reported this in a statement, explaining that the Communications and Technology Authority had implemented the decision issued on the 15th of September. The Magistrate and Penal Court of Hatay had previously ruled to ban surfing the newspaper’s website.

This comes after prison sentences were issued on 9th September against Yeni Yaşam’s editor-in-chief Mehmet Ferhat Çelik, and its news director Aydin Kasr, due to reports of funerals held for soldiers killed in Libya.

Çelik and Kasr were sentenced to 4 years and 8 months in prison on charges of divulging information and documents related to intelligence activity.