August 28, 2015


Jake Hanrahan and Phil Pendlebury, two journalists on assignment for VICE News, have been detained by Turkish authorities in the southeast region of the country, Seyhmus Cakan and Ece Toksabay reported for Reuters Friday.

Reuters reports the British journalists were covering skirmishes “between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants” and did not have government identification.

A spokesperson for VICE said in a statement the company is working to free the journalists.

“A VICE News journalist, cameraman and fixer were detained by local police last night in Diyarbakir, Turkey while reporting in the region,” the statement reads. “VICE News is working closely with the relevant authorities to secure their immediate release.”

Neither journalist provided an update regarding their current status on Twitter.

Correspondents from VICE are well-known for their dispatches from hotspots around the globe. Vice journalists have reported from inside the Islamic State, Afghanistan and Liberia in recent years.

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