Prominent journalist arrested in Turkey

2015-03-02 22:02

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Istanbul - Noted investigative journalist Mehmet Baransu has been arrested in his native Turkey on grounds of founding a criminal organisation and releasing state secrets, local media reported on Monday.

According to the DHA news agency, the Istanbul public prosecutor issued an arrest warrant for Baransu, and the reporter's home was searched on Sunday by anti-terrorism police.

Baransu, who works for the government-critical daily Taraf, has been detained several times over the past months. He became widely known in 2010 for his uncovering of suspected plans for a coup by the Turkish military.

Turkish justice officials have recently begun proceedings against a number of anti-government journalists for allegations that include insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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