Former BBC Journalist Found Dead In Istanbul Airport

Jacqueline Anne Sutton, more known as Jacky Sutton, was found dead in Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport on Saturday night.

Former BBC journalist Sutton, 50, had been travelling to Irbil, northern Iraq, via Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul. She was reported to be the acting Iraq director for the London-based Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) at the time of her death.

The IWPR has offices around the globe and shows support towards journalism in countries affected by war, conflict, and other damaging events. Its previous Iraq director, Ammar Al Shahbander, was killed in a car bomb attack in Baghdad in May, which took 17 other people with it.

Jacky Sutton

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While the nature of her death has not been disclosed, it has been suggested that Sutton may have taken her own life after missing a flight.

However, friends and colleagues thought otherwise regarding such implications.

Iraqi journalist Mazin Elias, who had worked with Sutton before, said it was “impossible” that she committed suicide, instead insinuating that “someone killed Jacky.”

Elias also thought it was highly unlikely that Sutton would have missed her flight.

“No, that’s impossible,” he said. “We’re not talking about a girl. She’s a woman, an official woman, she’s a big manager.”

Previous reports stated that Sutton had been tearful at the ticket counter after missing a connecting flight and was later found hanged in a lavatory cubicle. Such statements have yet to be confirmed.

Fellow journalist and development worker, Rebecca Cooke, demanded an international investigation surrounding Sutton’s death.

“Shocking and sad news about the death of Jacky Sutton in Istanbul. An international not just local investigation is need,” she spoke to the Press Association.

Sutton, who spoke five languages including basic Arabic, had been working towards a PhD at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Australian National University. She worked for BBC World from 1998 until 2000, later moving on towards several UN agencies.

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