Turkey's Press Council calls for release of reporter in Egypt

Head of Press Council in Turkey Turenc delivers a letter, written for the PM of interim government in Egypt al-Beblawi, to the Egyptian consul general in Istanbul for the release of Metin Turan.

Turkey's Press Council calls for release of reporter in Egypt

World Bulletin / News Desk

Head of Press Council in Turkey, Pinar Turenc, delivered Monday a letter, written for the Prime Minister of Interim government in Egypt Hazem al-Beblawi, to the Egyptian consul general in Istanbul for the release of Metin Turan, reporter of Turkish state broadcaster TRT, who was kidnapped in Cairo's Ramses Square in August.

Having paid a visit to the Egyptian consulate general, Turenc presented the letter to the consulate general, demanding the release of Turan, who "was still kept in jail for the last two months.”

“In the name of the freedom of press, we are looking forward to your supportive assistance for the imprisoned journalist Metin Turan who was taken under custody while rendering his assigned duty as a journalist, to be set free, which we kindly demand on behalf of all Turkish journalists,” the letter said.

Extending their deepest thanks and gratitude to the premier for all the efforts he provides for the release of Turan in the name of all the Turkish journalists, the letter also mentioned that Turan’s wife had given birth during her husband’s imprisonment.

Turan was arrested along with AA correspondent Heba Zakariya at Fath Mosque in Cairo's Ramses Square during clashes between security forces and demonstrators in August.

Zakariya was released after eight hours of detention in the heavily-fortified Tora Prison whereas Turan is still remanded in custody.

Last Mod: 11 Kasım 2013, 17:30
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