British journalists accused of being members of ISIS
Jake Hanrahan, Philip Pendlebury and Mohamed Ismail Rasoul were arrested on Thursday in Diyarbakir while filming clashes between the security forces and youth members of the outlawed pro-Kurdish PKK.
All three will now stand trial for being members of a terrorist organisation and will be kept in jail until then. No date has been fixed for their appearance.
In response to the charges, Kevin Sutcliffe, VICE Head of News Programming for Europe, said the judge â€œhas levelled baseless and alarmingly false charges of â€˜working on behalf of a terrorist organizationâ€™ against three VICE News reporters, in an attempt to intimidate and censor their coverage.
â€œPrior to being unjustly detained, these journalists were reporting and documenting the situation in the southeastern Turkish province of Diyarbakir.
â€œVICE News condemns in the strongest possible terms the Turkish governmentâ€™s attempts to silence our reporters who have been providing vital coverage from the region.
â€œWe continue to work with all relevant authorities to expedite the safe release of our three colleagues and friends.â€
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