French journalist detained by police in southeastern Turkey

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Olivier Bertrand

Olivier Bertrand, a French journalist working for a Paris-based website, was detained by Turkish police on Friday while reporting in southeastern Gaziantep province, the manager of the website said.

Isabelle Roberts, head of French news website lesjours.fr, said Bertrand was taken into police custody along with a photographer who was later released.

“No reason has been given for their arrest,” Roberts said.

Earlier this month, a court had ordered the arrest of nine executives and journalists of the critical Cumhuriyet daily, including its editor-in-chief, Murat Sabuncu.

According to Turkish media organizations, a total of 118 media outlets in Turkey were closed down, 184 journalists were detained, 56 journalists arrested, 866 journalists fired from their jobs and 620 journalists had their press cards canceled during the July-September period, over their links with a failed coup on July 15 in Turkey that claimed the lives of more than 270 people.

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