Police Assault, Detain at Least 10 Reporters in Eastern Turkey – Reports
Police Assault, Detain at Least 10 Reporters in Eastern Turkey – Reports © AFP 2015/ BULENT KILIC
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Turkish police assaulted and detained at least ten journalists in the eastern Kurdish-majority Van Province on Friday, local media reported.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Today’s Zaman newspaper, some of the detained reporters are from the pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DIHA), and others are from Turkish IMC TV, known for programs focusing on Armenian-Turkish relations.
Police officers seized the reporter’s cameras, the news outlet said.
Relations Between Turkey and Armenia have long been strained over the issue of the Armenian genocide, Turkey’s support of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh conflict, and other issues. The border between the two neighboring states is sealed.
Turkish tensions with Kurds escalated in mid-summer 2015, when the current Turkish government launched a military campaign against militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq.