Arif Kocabıyık, a YouTube journalist known for his candid street interviews, was detained yesterday in Antalya province, Turkish media reported.

Reason for his detention is currently unknown.

In December 2022, he was ordered by a Turkish court to remain under house arrest and subjected to a travel.

The Turkish government has been trying to keep the press under control by imprisoning journalists, eliminating media outlets, overseeing the purchase of media brands by pro-government conglomerates and using regulatory authorities to exert financial pressure.

Following the state-led takeover of the mainstream media, social media platforms as well as online news sites remain among the last bastions of critical journalism in Turkey. YouTube journalism has been particularly popular, with many young journalists conducting street interviews around the country asking people their opinions on timely topics.

Turkey was ranked 153rd among 180 countries in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in April.