Turkish journalist faces 12 years in prison for announcing personal data leak

Turkish Minute reports:

Turkish prosecutors are seeking a prison sentence of 12 years for journalist İbrahim Haskoloğlu, who was briefly detained in April after announcing that hackers had stolen personal information from government websites, the journalist announced on social media, the Stockholm Center for Freedom reported.

In his tweets in April, Haskoloğlu said a group of hackers had contacted him two months earlier and told him they had obtained Turks’ personal information from government websites.

Read more at Turkish Minute.

Although Haskoloğlu reported the hackers’ claims that the data were from government databases, the government denied it at the time and claimed that the data were from a different source. Had the government responded to the journalist’s inquiries more helpfully instead of just claiming “no breach,” the journalist might not  be in this repressive mess now.

Earlier coverage: https://cpj.org/2022/04/turkish-journalist-ibrahim-haskologlu-arrested-over-coverage-of-alleged-hacking/

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