05 Jan 2016 Lvl. 1
Resolved
Alert created on: 04 Oct 2015 Turkey

Detention of the Vice News Fixer Mohammed Ismael Rasool

Source of threatState
CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Two British journalists Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury and their fixer-interpreter Mohammed Ismael Rasool working for Vice News media were initially arrested on 27 August 2015 and charged by local courts with terrorism after reporting on the situation in the south-eastern province of Diyarbakır. The three were accused of ‘working on behalf of a terrorist organisation’ and assisting the Islamic State. Following heavy pressure from international media rights groups and the UK government, the British journalists were released but their local fixer Mohammed Ismael Rasool remained behind bars.
Resolved
: On 5 January 2016, following the release of Mohammed Ismael Rasool, the partner organisations of the platform declared this case to be ‘resolved’, concluding that it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
State replies
17 Nov 2015
Response of the Turkish Government (information provided by the Ministry of Justice)
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