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17 April 2014, Thursday
 
 
Today's Zaman
 
 
 
 

Report: Missing Turkish journalists handed over to Syrian intelligence

DEMONSTRATORS SHOUT SLOGANS DURING A PROTEST AGAINST SYRIA'S PRESIDENT BASHAR AL-ASSAD AS THEY HOLD PICTURES OF TWO TURKISH JOURNALISTS WHOM ACTIVISTS SAY ARE MISSING IN SYRIA, IN FRONT OF THE SYRIAN CONSULATE IN İSTANBUL ON MARCH 15, 2012. (PHOTO: REUTERS)
15 March 2012, Thursday /TODAY’S ZAMAN
Two Turkish journalists who were missing for five days in Syria are being held by Syrian intelligence, the Anatolia news agency reported on Thursday.

Anatolia quoted unnamed local sources as saying the two journalists were handed over to Syrian intelligence by pro-regime Shabiha militias in the village of al-Fua in the opposition bastion of Idlib. Idlib has been the scene of heavy fighting between the Syrian military and opposition forces in recent days. Adem Özköse and Hamit Coşkun were taken from al-Fua in a vehicle escorted by two armored vehicles, according to witnesses. It was not clear where the journalists were being taken.

Earlier in the day, Foreign Ministry spokesman Selçuk Ünal also said Turkish authorities have contacted their Syrian counterparts to determine the whereabouts of the two journalists, but that there has been no information officially confirmed as to where they are and if they are safe.

Turkey also appears to be in contact with Syrian ally Iran. Turkish officials told Today’s Zaman that Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu phoned his Iranian counterpart, Ali Akbar Salehi, on Wednesday to discuss the missing journalists. Davutoğlu told Salehi that Syria should “avoid making a mistake.” Özköse, a reporter from the İstanbul-based Gerçek Hayat (Real Life) magazine and the Milat daily, arrived with Coşkun, a cameraman, in Syria on March 5. They were last heard from on March 10. Members from the Freedom Association (Özgür-Der) on Thursday held a demonstration in front of the Syrian Consulate General in İstanbul, asking Syrian authorities to return the two missing journalists to Turkey. The protesters also chanted slogans against the Syrian regime.

 
 
COMMENTS
"However why does no one speak about the 70 plus Turkish journalists that are in Turkish jailsa/ Dont they count? or are they simply too embarrasing to mention?". Could it be that they are unrelated to this story, since they seem to be mentioned often enough elsewhere?
Baris
I hope for the safe return of these 2 journalists. However why does no one speak about the 70 plus Turkish journalists that are in Turkish jailsa/ Dont they count? or are they simply too embarrasing to mention?
Sergey
Get the boys back home safely.
get them back home, safely
So. Were these people in Syria legitimately? What communications equipment did they take? Was it encrypted as per military equipment? Potential spies are caught in these disputes? Just like the 13 French military reported as being caught. Time for truth in reporting about Syria. Where is the report ...
Neil
It's very sad ,these reporters are heroes , they should have avoided al Fua village which is a pro regime enclave , Fua inhabitants are related to assad for sectarian reason.
Halebi
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