2 Turkish journalists detained in ‘espionage’ probe: report

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Turkish police on Monday detained two journalists for questioning as part of an investigation into alleged “political and military espionage,” The Associated Press reported, citing the state-run Anadolu news agency.

The two journalists — İsmail Dükel, the Ankara representative of the TELE1 television channel, and Müyesser Yıldız of the OdaTV news website — were being questioned by counterterrorism police, the agency reported.

OdaTV said Yıldız, who has reported on military issues, was detained following a raid on her home. Police searched her house and confiscated electronic material, the website reported.

Last month, authorities charged seven journalists — including two OdaTV editors and a reporter — with violating laws governing the intelligence agency for stories on the death of an intelligence officer who was reportedly killed in Libya. The journalists will go on trial later this month.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists ranks Turkey among the top jailers of journalists worldwide, along with China and Saudi Arabia.

As many as 85 journalists and other media workers are currently in jail under Turkey’s broad anti-terrorism laws, according to the Turkish Journalists Union, including many who were detained in a crackdown following a 2016 coup attempt.

Turkey maintains that the journalists are prosecuted for criminal acts and not for their journalistic work.

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