Turkey: Journalist detained whilst reporting on dummy soldiers
18 Nov 2009

Bariş Sözal, a journalist at Sabah newspaper, and his driver Ali Kocatepe were detained for 8 hours after taking photographs at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport. Sözal had been gathering information for a story which revealed that airport security was partly manned by dummy soldiers in watchtowers, equipped with fake weapons hung around their necks. Although the pair were arrested for “secretly taking pictures in a military area”, Sabah newspaper argued that Sözal and Kocatepe were arrested in an area open to the public.

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