Turkish court arrests two British Vice News journalists for ‘terror offences’

Two British reporters and a translator have been arrested in Turkey, accused of helping an illegal armed group.

Vice News journalists Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury, and their fixer, were charged by a Turkish court with “working on behalf of a terrorist organisation”, the media group said.

They had been held by police since Thursday, when they were detained in Diyarbakir, south-east Turkey.

Head of News Kevin Sutcliffe called the charges baseless and alarmingly false.

The trio had been in the region filming clashes between police and Kurdish militants, Vice News has said.

Violent exchanges between security forces and youths from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have erupted in the region in recent days.

The BBC understands the group were asked if they were PKK members and members of the so-called Islamic State during interrogation.

Mr Sutcliffe said: “Today the Turkish government has levelled baseless and alarmingly false charges of ‘working on behalf of a terrorist organisation’ against three Vice News reporters, in an attempt to intimidate and censor their coverage.

“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.”

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