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Former BBC journalist found dead at Istanbul Airport

ISTANBUL: Jacky Sutton a former BBC journalist was found dead in a toilet at the Istanbul’s Ataturk airport under the mysterious circumstances, the report have been published by the BBC news website.

According to the reports, “The 50-year-old woman is believed to have been working as the acting Iraq director for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) and was travelling to Irbil, northern Iraq. The London-based IWPR supports local journalism in countries affected by conflict and crisis.”

The foreign office of the United Kingdom said that, “it was providing consular assistance to the family at this time” and did not provide any other details.”

“the ex-BBC journalist had missed a connecting flight which was due to depart for Iraq two and a half hours after her arrival at Ataturk Airport from London on Saturday,” BBC correspondent Ben Ando said.

Ando was opted in the BBC report that, “Local media are reporting that she didn’t have enough money to purchase a replacement ticket and then she was found dead in the toilets a couple of hours later,” adding that,  “What exactly happened though is not known.”

In the international nongovernmental Organizations (INGO’s) she had held various positions including the United Nations. The former journalist, who also was studying for a PhD at the center for Arab and Islamic studies at the Australian National University, spoke five languages.

Sutton’s research focused on, “International development support to female media professionals in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2003 and 2013.”

BBC correspondent Ben Ando said that, “Ms Sutton arrived at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on a flight from London on Saturday and had a two-hour wait for a connecting flight, which she apparently missed.”

“What exactly happened though is not known.”

“Deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic death of one of its brilliant PhD students”, Centre director Prof Amin Saikal said.

“She was not only an outstanding research scholar, but a highly valued friend and colleague who made remarkable contributions to the work and activities of the center,” said Prof Saikal.

According to the IWPR website, “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.“

Tributes have been paid to the Jacqueline Anne Sutton, who was known as Jacky, and who was found dead in the toilets of Istanbul airports.

She is reported to have arrived at the airport of the Turkey, the Ataturk Airport from London on Saturday night

International development and journalist worker Rebecca Cooke called for an international investigation. She has said that, “Shocking and sad news about the death of Jacky Sutton in Istanbul. An international not just local investigation is needed.”

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