A Turkish court has extended the period of detention for two more days of 21 Kurdish journalists who were taken into custody on Wednesday, according to a report by the Mezopotamya news agency (MA).

The journalists were detained in police raids on their homes early on Wednesday due to “preparing programs for television channels broadcasting from abroad.”

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.