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Turkey arrests journalist for reporting on funeral of intelligence agent killed in Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

ANKARA – Turkish police on Wednesday detained Barış Terkoğlu, news director of OdaTV, over a report on the funeral of member of the Turkish intelligence service who died in Libya.

OdaTV showed footage on Tuesday of the funeral in the western province of Manisa, saying the ceremony was done silently, without the participation of high-ranking officials, which is common practice.

Turkish authorities issued an arrest warrant for Terkoğlu for exposing the identity of an official of the intelligence agency. But his identity had already been revealed by opposition Good Party Istanbul deputy Ümit Özdağ at a press conference in parliament that was broadcasted online, OdaTV said.

“It seems Turkey learned the identity of the intelligence officer who lost his life in Libya from a political party official, not from the news of OdaTV. We want the release of the news director Barış Terkoğlu since he cannot be charged with disclosing the identity,” Erol Önderoğlu, Turkey representative of Journalists Without Borders, said on Twitter.

Turkey began deploying troops to Libya in January in a bid to support the U.N.-recognized government in Tripoli.

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