Two British journalists working for U.S.-based Vice News have been detained in Turkey on terror charges.
Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury were taken into custody along with their Iraqi translator and charged with “engaging in terror activity,” Agence France-Presse reported.
A fourth colleague, their driver, was not arrested.
Security sources first said that the team was taken into custody for filming without the proper governmental accreditation, but officials have since accused them of supporting the Islamic State, according to Vice News.
“Today the Turkish government has leveled baseless and alarmingly false charges of ‘working on behalf of a terrorist organization’ against three VICE News reporters in an attempt to censor and intimidate their coverage,” said Kevin Sutcliffe, Vice’s head of news programming. “VICE News condemns in the strongest possible terms the Turkish government’s attempts to silence our reporters who have been providing vital coverage from the region.”
Vice News condemns “baseless” terrorism charges leveled against their journalists in Turkey. Full statement: pic.twitter.com/6UsbEb3uQD
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) August 31, 2015
Vice News did not immediately respond to a request for comment seeking the third person’s name.
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