Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury held on suspicion of working on behalf of terrorists

Tim Lezard Asia, Europe, UK, Journalism (IFJ), Media,

Vice NewsThe NUJ is calling on the Turkish authorities to release British journalists Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury.

The two men, a correspondent and camera operator for Vice, are in prison having been charged with “working on behalf of a terrorist organisation” – a charge they both deny. They were arrested on Thursday as they filmed a clash between police and Kurds.

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: “We are calling on the Turkish government to immediately release Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury and to stop targeting journalists working in the country.

“The NUJ continues to be alarmed at the scale of attacks against press freedom in Turkey – a member of the Council of Europe and the government should abide by article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights on freedom of expression.

“Our colleagues who are currently detained in Turkey must be release immediately and unconditionally. They are not terrorists – they are journalists and should not be treated as criminals.”

What you can do to help: 

Contact the Turkish government and London embassy to demand the immediate and unconditional release of Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Cumhurbaşkanlığı Sarayı cumhurbaskanligi@tccb.gov.tr   Twitter: @RT_Erdogan

Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdağ, Milli Müdafaa Caddesi  bekir.bozdag@tbmm.gov.tr  ozelkalem@adalet.gov.tr  Twitter: @bybekirbozdag

His Excellency Mr. Abdurrahman Bilgic  embassy.london@mfa.gov.tr

Twitter: @TurkEmbLondon


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