Turkey Arrests British Reporters, Charging Them as Terrorists


A pair of British reporters for VICE News and their translator were arrested this past week in Diyarbakir, in the Southeast of Turkey, and are now said to be facing formal charges of “working on behalf of a terrorist organization” based on their coverage of the ongoing war against the PKK.

VICE European head Kevin Sutcliffe condemned the detentions, saying they were unjust and that the charges were “alarmingly false”, insisting that the news organization will continue to work with relevant officials to expedite the safe release of the three, Antiwar.com reported.

The incident is far from unique, as Turkey has often turned against reports it perceives as unfriendly, arresting them on trumped up charges. In December, three German journalists were arrested for covering anti-ISIL protests in the area, and accused of being spies.