Turkey Just Released American Wall Street Journal Reporter After Being Jailed For 3 Days

From The Daily Beast:

Wall Street Journal reporter held in Turkish detention for nearly three days without any contact with his family or lawyers has been released. National security reporter Dion Nissenbaum was taken from his Istanbul apartment on Tuesday night before being released Saturday morning. His detention is believed to be connected to a government ban on publishing images from an Islamic State video. “While we are relieved that Dion was released unharmed after nearly three days, we remain outraged at his peremptory detention, without any contact with his family, legal counsel or colleagues,” WSJ editor in chief Gerard Baker said in a statement released Saturday. Nissenbaum’s release comes after the Journal was unable to determine his location for two days, with the reporter not being allowed to contact his employer or a lawyer despite repeated requests. The incident comes amid a wider crackdown on journalists and academics in the country after a failed coup attempt in July.

This one flew under the radar as news that an American journalist had been jailed in Erdogan’s crackdown would have drawn far more scrutiny. But Nissenbaum is leaving Turkey which was probably what the Erdogan’s thugs wanted anyway. They don’t want a leading US newspaper snooping around. Here are two of Nissenbaum’s recent tweets:

Arresting American journalists makes Erdogan more and more like his new pals in Russia and Iran. Perhaps Nissenbaum was taken into custody for his Twitter habits as well and that they are trying to intimidate US news outlets from reporting of what really is going on. At any rate, Nissenbaum and his wife Seema Jilani have a tale to tale.


About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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