4 journalists briefly detained after asking questions on ISIL to governor

Four journalists were detained by counterterrorism police on Tuesday after asking questions regarding the presence of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) members in the region to izzettin Kanduandcanduk, the governor of Turkeyand’s southeastern province of ianliurfa.
The detained journalists were Pinar andOiandunandc from the Cumhuriyet daily, Deniz Yanducel and andOzlem Topandcu from the German daily Die Welt and reporter Hasan Akbai from the Evrensel daily, who were in the Akandcakale district to cover stories on the area.
After Kanduandcandukand’s public statement, Akbai asked the governor: and”Some people from the Tel Abyad district of Syria claim that there are members of ISIL in Akandcakale and they are anxious because they think their lives are not safe. Can you confirm the claim?andquot In response to the question, Kanduandcanduk said andquotItand’s over!andquot and declined to comment. Kanduandcanduk then reportedly pointed out the journalists to the police and said: and”This is no way to ask questions. Interrogate them, who are these people?andquot Police asked Akbai to see his press card and identity documents. As the police attempted to take Akbai his fellow journalists, andOiandunandc, Topandcu and Yanducel, insisted on joining him.
All four reporters were taken to a police car and interrogated inside of it before they were released. Following the incident, Akbai wrote on Twitter, and”After the questions we asked the governor at the Akandcakale border gate were not liked, we were taken into custody by the TEM [Counterterrorism Unit].and” Yanducel also tweeted on the incident, saying, and”I asked a question during the press conference to the ianliurfa governor that he didnand’t like.and” andOiandunandc also wrote on Twitter, saying: andquotWe are free. Turns out it wasnand’t a detention, but an identification!! Because we asked a question. Thanks to everyone who called and paid attention.andquot

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman