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journalist who has been arrested in Turkey

Posted : 10:26 AM Sep 24,2018 by ICPFJ
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journalist who has been arrested in Turkey

Austria calls on Turkey to free detained journalist


The Austrian government called on Tuesday for the release of an Austrian journalist who has been arrested in Turkey.

Max Zirngast, a journalist with the far-left magazine Re:volt in Germany, was arrested in Ankara at dawn on Tuesday, according to the publication, which added that he was facing "terrorism" charges.

"The Austrian government calls on the Turkish government to present the reasons for the arrest or to immediately release the journalist," Austrian government spokesman Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal said on Twitter.

"Austria stands unconditionally for freedom of conscience and of the press. The Austrian citizen arrested in Turkey today is receiving consular assistance from the Austrian embassy," he added.

Press watchdog Reporters without Borders (RSF) had also called for Zirngast's immediate release.

Zirngast had published articles on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged a Kurdish insurgency inside Turkey since 1984. 

It is blacklisted as a terror organisation by Ankara and its Western allies.

"Divergent political opinions are no justification for arrests and intimidation, which are happening more and more in Turkey," Reporters without Borders in Austria said in a statement.

Rights organisations have frequently criticised Turkey for its violations of press freedom, which have stepped up since a failed coup attempt in July 2016

 Since the July 2016 attempted coup and subsequent arrest and conviction of journalists for alleged terror links, rights activists have condemned Ankara’s violations of freedom of expression.

The arrest of Zirngast further risks increasing tensions between Ankara and Vienna, which has angered Turkey by calling for a freeze in its EU membership talks.

 Turkey ranked 157 out of 180 countries in the 2018 World Press Freedom index   published by RSF.

 rohan menon


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