This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
KURDISH journalist Aziz Oruc faces five years behind bars on terrorism charges after he shared news articles he had written for the Dicle news agency.
He was detained on December 11 and held in custody on charges of “being a member of a terrorist organisation.”
Mr Oruc was trying to make his way to Europe via Iran when he was detained at the border crossing and beaten by the Armenian police.
He was handed over to Iran where he says intelligence officials tortured him for two days.
They dumped him and left him to die on the Turkish side of the border where he was found barefoot and naked.
He was taken into custody along with the Peoples’ Democratic Party district co-chair Abdullah Ekelek, who was accused of helping him.
The Kurdish journalist appeared in the Diyarbakir court via video link and was accused of “spreading terrorist propaganda.”
But he insisted that the Twitter posts simply contained news articles he had written between 2014 and 2015.
“All those are published in the scope of information, not propaganda … I am a journalist and demand my acquittal,” he said.
Prosecutors are demanding a five-year sentence. The hearing was postponed until March 3.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.