Friday 9 December 2016

Journalists detained in Turkey crackdown

Published 27/11/2016 | 13:01

The Turkish government has launched a crackdown following a failed coup in July
The Turkish government has launched a crackdown following a failed coup in July

Two reporters working for foreign news organisations in south east Turkey have been detained in the government's sweeping crackdown following July's failed coup.

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BBC Turkish reports that correspondent Hatice Kamer was detained on Saturday in the town of Sirvan to cover a recent mine collapse on November 17 where 11 bodies have been recovered so far.

Voice of America reports that its freelance reporter Khajijan Farqin was detained the same day in Diyarbakir. No reason was given for either detention.

Earlier this month, 52-year-old French journalist Olivier Bertrand was also detained in nearby Gaziantep and subsequently deported.

Dozens of journalists have been detained and hundreds of media outlets shut down as part of the post-coup clampdown.

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