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CBC’s Middle East Correspondent Sasa Petricic tweeted 'arrested' at around 5:30 p.m.

CBC’s Middle East Correspondent Sasa Petricic tweeted 'arrested' at around 5:30 p.m.

Two reporters of the Canadian public broadcaster CBC, Sasa Petricic and Derek Stoffel, detained by the Turkish police during the ongoing protests in Istanbul on June 13, were released a few hours after being taken into custody.

CBC’s Middle East Correspondent Petricic, had tweeted a single word, “arrested,” at around 5:30 p.m. local time to inform of his detention. He tweeted "All good so far. Going through the Byzantine (literally) process! Thanks everyone" after he was released.

The Embassy of Canada in Ankara had confirmed to the Hürriyet Daily News that both journalists were taken into custody, adding that the reason of the detention had yet to be known. The Canadian embassy had subsequently contacted the Turkish Foreign Ministry over the incident. 

Following the incident, Turkey's ambassador to Canada, Tuncay Babali said that both journalists 'were safe and expected to be released shortly.' Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird had also tweeted earlier that he spoke with the Turkish ambassador and “expressed concern over reports of a CBC journalist detained in Istanbul.”

CBC had also confirmed the reports, adding that they had been in contact with the journalists and that “they were OK.

June/12/2013

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Brian Irlanda

6/13/2013 12:34:13 PM

They are lucky they are not Turkish journalists. They might have gone to jail!

Stephen Brunette

6/13/2013 11:25:23 AM

Very saddened, but not surprised by the detention of these two excellent reporters' from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The repressive AKP government controls domestic media, but can't stop the international press corps from reporting the truth. The police and government don't have the guts to try and detain CNN and BBC reporters, but chose reporters from Canada, their story will be truthful.

Richard Wyatt

6/13/2013 11:03:21 AM

On Tuesday evening the BBC broadcasters in Taksim Square had to dim the lights in their studio for fear of attracting attention. It is now clear whose attention they were afraid of attracting.

Misses Ataturk

6/13/2013 9:20:18 AM

Yabanci capulcu! I think not... this gov is ridiculous

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

6/12/2013 9:50:32 PM

Apparently AKP cannot allow live broadcast and foreign journalist, which are not controlled by them. They can control the most of the major Turkish broadcasters and journalists through different methods.

Blue Dotterel

6/12/2013 9:41:01 PM

Foreign spies, no doubt. Oops!

mara mcglothin

6/12/2013 9:32:36 PM

After the LIVE feed on CNN last night this is kind of like closing the barn door after the cow got out!!!
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