Turkish police detain Kurdish journalist over terrorism charges

Turkish authorities detained journalist Ergin Çağlar on Friday over terrorism-related offences said Mezopotamya Agency, the pro-Kurdish news agency he worked for.

Çağlar has been charged with membership of an illegal organisation, Mezopotamya said. 

The government’s broad media crackdown has gained strength since the failed coup of July 2016. Some 135 journalists and media workers are currently behind bars, according to the Journalists' Union of Turkey. In February alone, Turkish courts held trials for 46 journalists and arrested one.

In 2018, Turkey placed 157th out of 180 countries on the World Press Freedom Index ranking by Reporters Without Borders, and remains the "world’s biggest jailer of professional journalists" according to the report.