20 October 2015
by Mike.B

Understanding Death

Jacky Sutton. (Photo: Hassan al-Ghezzi)

Jacky Sutton, the 'broke' woman who was found dead in a toilet at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on October 17 did not commit suicide because she had missed her connecting flight, as reported by Australian MSM. She was more than likely murdered for something she knew.

To understand this, one only has to look at her employment, why she was where she was at that time, and where she was heading.

Jacky, 50, was the country director (Iraq) for the Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR).

IWPR educates and trains citizen journalists and bloggers to forward information on 'on ground activities' in areas of conflict where it is impossible for mainstream journalists to gain access.

A quote from IWPR's website says:
IWPR builds the skills of professional and citizen journalists working in traditional media and in social and new media. Programs train and mentor them to report fairly and objectively with the goal of achieving internationally recognized standards of reporting and analysis.

Reporters, editors, producers, bloggers, and managers learn the value of producing substantive content that informs while helping to define the roles of citizens, civil society, government, the media, business and others in building fair, pluralistic, democratic systems that value and respect the opinions of all constituencies.

Whether in repressive or closed societies, transitional environments, or democratically developing states, IWPR encourages the development and exercise of freedom of expression, assembly, and belief and uses journalism as a tool to advance peace and social justice.

Obviously, as information is reported, some of that information would be of an inflamatory nature to people with opposing views.

Sutton, who spoke five languages including basic Arabic, was the acting Iraq head of the London-based IWPR, which supports local journalism in countries affected by conflict and crisis. Its previous Iraq director, Ammar Al Shahbander, was killed in a car bomb attack in Baghdad on 2 May and a memorial service was held for him in London last week. Jacky was at that memorial, and was in transit to Iraq after that event.

Friends and colleagues expressed their disbelief about reports in Turkish media that claimed Sutton had taken her own life after becoming distressed when she missed a flight to Iraq and did not have enough money for a new ticket. It was reported that Sutton had arrived in Istanbul on Turkish Airlines flight TK-1986 at about 10pm local time on Saturday night, and was due to fly to Irbil at about midnight, but missed her flight.

The fact that IWPR accesses direct first hand knowledge of what really happens during conflicts, almost certainly holds the key to the death of Jackie Sutton. She was killed for something she knew. The official Turkish story that she killed herself in the airport in despair at missing a connecting flight, is risible.

I cannot claim to any idea at present what it was she knew that caused her to be killed. It follows from that I do not know who killed her. But the speed of the Turkish authorities to promote a suicide narrative must in itself raise suspicions.

With repressive governments, as is the case with journalism from Nauru, where the Australian government has legislated that any reports from the detention camps there, are subject to the journalist's imprisonment, we must understand the cause of death.