Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Sasa Petricic and Derek Stoffel of CBC arrested in Turkey

Two CBC journalists covering violent anti-government protests in Turkey were detained by police in Istanbul Wednesday, prompting Ottawa to demand their immediate release.
Sasa Petricic and Derek Stoffel had been tweeting photos and observations from around Turkey’s largest city when the flow of information ended just before noon with a single tweet from Petricic’s account.
“Arrested,” he tweeted.
The CBC said Wednesday afternoon that it had been in contact with the two reporters.
“We can confirm both journalists have been detained but are in good condition,” said spokesman Chuck Thompson.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird tweeted that he had contacted the Turkish ambassador and expressed concern about the incident.
Diane Ablonczy, minister of state for consular affairs, said the government was monitoring the situation closely.

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