World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkey's Media Association, a journalists and press freedoms group, has strongly condemned detention of Turkish journalists in Cairo, calling on Egyptian authorities to act in lines with international norms regarding international reporters and demanded release them. Media Association said in a statement that raiding office of Turkey's İHA news agency by the Egyptian security forces is unacceptable in any terms.
The association said in the statement that it has no information on health of Osman Tahir Hamde, Cairo chief of the İHA news agency. Raid on a news agency is an assault on freedom of press, the statement reads.
Meanwhile, the Egyptian authorities decided to keep Turkish journalist Metin Turan, a senior reporter from state broadcaster TRT, in custody for 15 more days. TRT's Turan has been held in custody since Saturday.
Media Association called extension of Turan's detention worrying, demanded his immediate release.
Turan was stuck in Cairo's al-Fatih Mosque while covering the military crackdown on supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi and was later sent to Tora Prison by security forces, along with other foreign journalists. Hibe Zekeriyah, a correspondent from the Anadolu news agency who was also detained with Turan, was released on Sunday after an eight-hour detention in the prison.Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Ağustos 2013, 18:27