Turkey arrests German journalists covering Kurdish protests

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Thousands of Kurds took to streets in Turkey's major Kurdish cities to demand Ankara's support to their peers in Syria's Kobane

ARA News

Al-Hasakah, Syria – The German Foreign Ministry announced in an official statement that the Turkish authorities have arrested three photojournalists in the city of Diyarbakir, southeast Turkey.

The German Ministry, according to the statement, informed the German Embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara of the incident, where emotions ran high among the journalists and the Turkish authorities.

According to German press reports, the Turkish authorities “arrested Robin M., Buren K., and Christian J., during their coverage of the protesters by supporters of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) that later turned into riots as the Turkish security forces tried to stop the protestes (who were demanding the Turkish government help Kurds in the Syrian city of Kobane). The protests then spread across most of the Kurdish cities in southeastern Turkey, as well as Istanbul and Ankara.

The reports pointed out that the Turkish authorities accused the three German journalists of “spying”; the detained journalists were assigned lawyers to defend them and represent them in front of the Turkish judiciary.

According to a report released earlier this week by Reporters Without Borders, the Turkish authorities arrested media activists from the city of Kobane (Ain al-Arab), after their entry into the Turkish territory, having fled the battles there.

Noteworthy, Turkey is ranked 154 out of 180 countries in the Press Freedom Index issued by Reporters Without Borders.

 

Reporting by: Jiwan Ibrahim

Source: ARA News

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