Zehra Doğan, 28, is a reporter and an editor of the pro-Kurdish Jin News Agency (JİNHA), which is staffed entirely by women.
Doğan, also a painter, was arrested by the police on July 21, 2016 in the southeastern province of Mardin. She was jailed pending trial two days later on the charge of “being a member of a terrorist organization,” based on her reports from Nusaybin, a district in Mardin, her paintings about military operations in the district and an accompanying curfew, her social media posts and witness statements.
Doğan was subsequently formally charged with “membership in a terrorist organization” and “terrorism propaganda” in an indictment.
On 9 December 2016, more than four months into her pre-trial detention, Doğan appeared before judges of the Mardin 2nd High Criminal Court for the first hearing of her trial. The court acquitted her of the charge of “membership in a terrorist organization” and decided to release her pending trial on the charge of “terrorism propaganda.”
On 2 March 2017, the court sentenced Doğan to 2 years, 9 months and 22 days in jail for “terrorism propaganda.” The ruling was upheld by an appeals court on 2 June.
On 12 June 2017, Doğan was detained as she was traveling from Diyarbakır to Mardin and sent to Diyarbakır E-Type Prison to serve her prison term.
She is currently held at Diyarbakır E-Type Prison.