Turkey arrests American reporter amidst wider crackdown on media

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Wall Street Journal's reporter Dion Nissenbaum (L), Turkish police (R). File photo

ARA News 

The Turkish authorities detained an American journalist for nearly three days this past week, without permitting him to contact his family or attorneys.

Dion Nissenbaum, 49, was released and returned with his family to the United States on Friday.

An informed source reported that Nissenbaum was held for allegedly violating a government ban on publication of images from an ISIS video.

The Islamic State (ISIS) released a video showing the militant group burning two Turkish soldiers alive in Syria. Following the release of the video, the Turkish government banned the media from using the footage.

“While we are relieved that Dion was released unharmed after nearly three days, we remain outraged at his peremptory detention, without any contact with his family, legal counsel or colleagues,” said Gerard Baker, editor in chief of the Wall Street Journal.

The detention came amid a broader crackdown on press freedom in Turkey, where over 150 local reporters and writers remained behind bars.

On Saturday, hundreds of journalists sent new years greetings to reporters imprisoned in Turkish jails.

On Thursday, investigative journalist Ahmet Şık was arrested for a tweet he posted.

Since the summer, Turkey, where the government has imposed a state of emergency, has closed more than 100 domestic media outlets.

Plainclothes police told Nissenbaum when they detained him that he would be deported. However, he was released on Friday around 10:00 a.m., without receiving any deportation order. He left with his family back to the United States.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News 

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