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Turkish journalist reportedly seized by police over Facebook posts

Journalist Zeynep Kurray (Twitter)

Zeynep Kurray, a reporter for Turkish newspaper Birgün, has reportedly been detained by police for making Facebook posts critical of the Turkish government. Police are believed to have raided Kurray’s home at around 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday night. As of yet, there has been no official confirmation on what, if anything, Kurray is being detained for. But Kurray’s sister, Sema, has suggested that her sister’s Facebook posts were being used to justify the imprisonment of the reporter.

Following a failed coup attempt in Turkey in July 2016, more than 110,000 people have been detained by the government — only 50,000 of whom have been arrested on specific charges, according to Turkey’s Minister of the Interior. Turkey has become a very unfriendly place for journalists, particularly women reporters. Kurray’s arrest comes just a month after American-born journalist Halla Barakat and her mother, Orouba Barakat, were found dead in Istanbul, in what has been described as a political assassination by the Syrian government.

Read the full story at The Hurriyet Daily News.


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