At least 21 Kurdish journalists from southeastern Diyarbakır province are spending their 3rd day in police custody with no release in sight, Turkish media reported.

The journalists were detained in police raids on their homes early on Wednesday due to “preparing programs for television channels broadcasting from abroad,” according to a report by the Mezopotamya news agency (MA).

Among the detainees were Serdar Altan, co-chair of Dicle Fırat Journalists’ Association (DFG); Jin News director Safiye Alağaş; Jin News editor Gülşen Koçuk; and Mezopotamya editor Aziz Oruç in addition to journalists Ömer Çelik, Suat Doğuhan, Ramazan Geciken, Berivan Karatorak, Esmer Tunç, Neşe Toprak, Zeynel Abidin Bulut, Mazlum Doğan Güler, Mehmet Şahin, Elif Üngür, İbrahim Koyuncu and Remziye Temel, Mezopotamya said.