13 Sep 2016 Lvl. 2
Alert created on: 12 Nov 2015 Turkey
Journalist Beyza Kural Briefly Detained and Threatened with Violence by Police While Covering Protest
Beyza Kural, female reporter for Bianet, was covering a public protest on 6 November 2015 in Beyazit (Istanbul) when police handcuffed her from behind and briefly detained her. Kural was set free thanks to the intervention of other journalists and protesters who were around. According to Bianet, police officers tried to seize the card of her camera and shouted, referring to the result of the elections, that "From now on nothing will be like before, we will teach it to you".
13 Sep 2016: Journalist promptly released after presenting her card. On 13 September 2016, the partner organisations of the Platform declared this case to be "resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
11 Jan 2016
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29 Feb 2016
Factsheet on media coverage of protests and demonstrations