Two Vice News journalists arrested in southeast Turkey released

September 3, 2015 12:08 PM

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Two British journalists, correspondent Jake Hanrahan and cameraman Philip Pendlebury, who work for the website Vice News and their Turkey-based assistant, were arrested and incarcerated for alleged terrorist activities in Turkey. A court in Diyarbakır ruled to arrest the two as well as their assistant on charges of "aiding a terrorist organization,” referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). All three have rejected the accusation.

The arrests come amid a surge in government crackdowns on media freedoms in Turkey. Authorities frequently use vague anti-terrorism or libel laws to prosecute journalists, although international journalists have rarely been prosecuted in recent years. Several prominent Turkish journalists have been ...

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