Two journalists who were detained by police during the protests held against the Turkish government’s recent removal of the mayors of Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van over alleged terrorist links, has been released on bail.
According to he MLSA, Taylan Öztaş, a reporter for the Özgür Gelecek news portal, was detained by police in a house raid in Van while Tunahan Turhan was detained during the protests in istanbul on Tuesday.
The two journalists spent five days in police custody.
In a controversial move on Monday, the Interior Ministry removed the mayors of Mardin, Van and Diyarbakır in southeastern Turkey, claiming they had links to the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The mayors were elected from the ranks of the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in the March 31 local elections.
Evine yapılan baskın ile gözaltına alınan #ÖzgürGelecek muhabiri #TaylanÖztaş ile Kadıköy'deki kayyım protestolarını takip ederken gözaltına alınan ETHA muhabiri #TunahanTurhan savcılıkta ifadelerinin alınmasının ardından adli kontrol ile serbest bırakıldı #GazetecilikSuçDeğildir pic.twitter.com/fGHIQ9xIgO
— MLSA (@mlsaturkey) August 23, 2019