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Turkey: Artist Zehra Doğan released from jail

25 February 2019
Freemuse is pleased to learn that artist, activist and journalist Zehra Doğan has been released from a Turkish prison.
Photo: Zehra Doğan after being released from Tarsus Prison / Zehra Doğan Twitter

 

Turkish artist, activist and journalist Zehra Doğan has been released from prison after spending two years behind bars. 

Doğan walked free from the Tarsus Closed Women’s Prison on 24 February 2019, according to Kurdistan 24.

In March 2017, the artist was sentenced to two years, nine months and 22 days in jail for her watercolour painting showing the destruction by Turkish security forces of the Kurdish city of Nusaybin in the Mardin district. 

She was taken into custody in June 2017 and sent to Diyarbakır Prison before being transferred to the prison in Tarsus.

During her imprisonment, Doğan  received a rally of support from other well-known members of the artistic-activism community, such as Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei and England-based street artist Banksy.

Read more about Zehra Doğan’s case here.

 

 

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