WSJ: Reporter detained in Turkey for nearly 3 days released

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Posted: Dec 31, 2016 11:27 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — The Wall Street Journal says one of its reporters was detained in Turkey for nearly three days before authorities allowed him to leave the country.

Editor Gerard Baker says in a statement Saturday that national security reporter Dion Nissenbaum was prohibited from calling his family, editors or a lawyer while in custody.

A newspaper spokesman says Nissenbaum's detention was likely related to Turkey's ban on reporting Islamic State terror group videos. He wouldn't comment further.

A top Turkish official recently warned journalists against sharing a video that allegedly shows two Turkish soldiers being burned alive. The Turkish Consulate General in New York hasn't returned messages seeking comment.

A State Department spokesman says officials are aware of Nissenbaum's case but couldn't discuss it.

Nissenbaum tells The Journal he was treated well while detained.