Vice News journalists Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury freed from prison


Two British journalists arrested in Turkey on terror charges have been released from prison, their employer Vice News confirmed.

Jake Hanrahan and cameraman Philip Pendlebury were arrested while filming in the south-east region of Diyarbakir.

Vice News said it received confirmation from the Foreign Office both journalists had been released from a Turkish prison, but added their colleague Mohammed Ismael Rasool is still in custody.

In a statement it said: "While we are grateful that they have been freed, we are deeply worried by reports that our other Vice News colleague, Mohammed Ismael Rasool, has had his appeal of release rejected by the Turkish government.

"Rasool is an experienced journalist and translator who has worked extensively across the Middle East with Vice News, Associated Press, and Al Jazeera.

"We call on the Turkish authorities for a swift end to this unjust detainment and to grant his immediate release."

All three men were detained while filming clashes between police and youth members of the pro-Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) last Thursday.

They were charged on Monday accused of "working on behalf of a terrorist organisation" and, allegedly, with "assisting Islamic State" (Isis).

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