Turkey detains BBC, Voice of America reporters in southeast

AP News
Posted: Nov 27, 2016 11:47 AM

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish authorities have detained two reporters working for foreign news organizations in southeast Turkey, the latest journalists taken into custody as part of the government's sweeping crackdown following July's failed coup.

BBC Turkish reports that correspondent Hatice Kamer was detained Saturday in the town of Sirvan while covering a recent copper mine collapse that killed at least 11 workers. Voice of America reports that its freelance reporter Khajijan Farqin was detained the same day in Diyarbakir. No reason was given for either detention.

Turkish authorities haven't immediately commented on the detentions.

Earlier this month, 52-year-old French journalist Olivier Bertrand was detained in nearby Gaziantep and subsequently deported.

Dozens of journalists have been detained and hundreds of media outlets shut down as part of the government's post-coup clampdown on suspected dissidents.