Calls for investigation

British journalist dies in suspicious circumstances in Istanbul airport

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Jacqueline “Jacky” Sutton, a journalist who had worked for the BBC and the United Nations has been found dead in suspicious circumstances at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport. She was on her way to Irbil, Iraq to conduct fieldwork for her PhD, which focused on international development support to female media professionals in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2003 and 2013. Suggestions she took her own life were met with incredulity by friends and colleagues, with journalist and development worker Rebecca Cooke calling for an international investigation. Sutton was reported to be the new acting Iraq director for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), a British organization which supports local journalism in regions affected by war and conflict. Adding to suspicions is the fact Ammar Al Shahbander, the former director of IWPR, was killed in a car bomb attack in Baghdad in May. Lebanon-based journalist Jessica Dheere tweeted: “Incredibly distraught about death of 2nd IWPR IRAQ director in 6 mths. RIP Jacky Sutton. U were a force.”

Read the full story at The Guardian and The Telegraph.

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