Vice News reporters deported from Turkey

Vice News journalists return to UK after release from Turkish prison

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Vice News journalists, Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury, were deported to the UK after being released from a Turkish prison on Thursday while their Iraqi translator Mohammed Ismael Rasool still remains in prison. 

They were arrested in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir on Aug. 31 on terror charges, as they were accused of "knowingly and willfully helping the armed terrorist organization without being a part of its hierarchical structure."  

Iraqi translator Rasool was reported to have a military-grade encryption system on his personal computer and he refused to decrypt the encryption system so an official review can be conducted.

Turkish cyber-security experts determined that the system is commonly used by ISIS members.This was what presented further suspicions about the actual nature of what journalists were doing in Turkey, reports indicated.

Court records also stated that a police search conducted in the hotel room of the trio, revealed a diary that allegedly contained information about the organisational structure, activities and members of the PKK, and its umbrella organisation, the Group of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK); as well as information about the group’s jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan.

The report also stated that there was other evidence, such as footage filmed by the journalists showing militants of the PKK’s youth wing preparing Molotov cocktails and homemade explosives. 


TRTWorld and agencies