According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), one of its reporters has been sentenced to two years in prison by Turkey on charges of being engaged in terrorist propaganda.
Ayla Albayrak, who wrote an article about a conflict between Kurdish militants and the Turkish government in the country's southeastern area in 2015, was convicted of terrorist propaganda.
Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union considered the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), who were fighting for autonomy for many years, a terrorist group. In 2015, a ceasefire between Ankara and the outlawed PKK collapsed.
Meanwhile, Turkey and the U.S. have suspended all non-immigrant visa services for travel between the two countries. Last week, a U.S. consulate employee was also arrested in Istanbul, a move that further severed relations between the two sides.
The European Union is considering suspension of the process of Turkey's accession to the bloc as a result of Turkey's diplomatic quarrel with some European countries over its human rights records.
Since an attempted coup against Turkey’s president in 2016, more than 100 journalists have been arrested and some 200 media outlets were shut down.
Turkey blames the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen for the attempted coup but he has denied such allegations.
Since then, Turkey remained in a state of emergency and suppressed the media and the groups who were suspected to have a role in the failed coup. Turkey has also suspended and arrested lots of people.
Amnesty International, the Human Rights Watch and some other rights groups, have condemned Ankara's suppressive measures.