Thursday, June 13, 2013

CBC journalists released from custody in Istanbul

The two CBC journalists covering the anti-government protests in Turkey have been released from detention in Istanbul, the CBC web page reports.
“We’re out,” Sasa Petricic tweeted just before 4 a.m. local time Thursday.
“My exclusive ‘tour’ of the Turkish justice system is over!” Derek Stoffel added.
Petricic and  Stoffel had been detained by police on Wednesday and held all day, prompting Ottawa to demand their immediate release.
CBC News editor-in-chief Jennifer McGuire said the two journalists had met with Canadian consular officials in Istanbul and spoke to their lawyer before giving statements to police.
Their release was due, in part, to behind-the-scenes work by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and the Turkish ambassador to Canada, Tuncy Babali, the CBC reported.
“Pleased to hear @CBCNews journalists have been released in #Istanbul,” Mr. Baird tweeted. “Thanks to the Cdn Consul General and the Gov’t of Turkey, including Amb. Babali, for their co-operation in this matter.”
The two journalists had been tweeting photos and observations from Istanbul when the flow of information ended around 6 p.m. local time with a single tweet from Mr. Petricic’s account.
“Arrested,” he tweeted.

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