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Turkey Frees Vice News Reporter After Over Four Months in Prison - Channel

Vice News media channel has announced that its UK reporter Mohammed Rasool was released on bail after being held in a Turkish jail for a total of 131 days.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In August, 2015, Rasool, along with two Vice News colleagues, was arrested in Turkey near their hotel as they were filming clashes between the Ankara forces and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) group outlawed in Turkey.

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"Rasool is now looking forward to being reunited with his family, friends and colleagues who ask for his privacy to be respected during this time," the media outlet said on a statement on Tuesday.

According to the Vice News, Rasool had been charged with assisting a terrorist organization, and to this, had to spend 131 days in jail, while his two colleagues were released after 11 days of detention without any charges.

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The Kurds, Turkey's largest ethnic minority, are striving to gain independence from Turkey. The PKK, founded in the late 1970s to promote the self-determination for the Kurdish community, is designated as a terrorist group by Turkey.

Severe clashes between Ankara forces and PKK militants have been arising sporadically since a July terror attack in the city of Suruc, which killed over 30 people, most of them Kurds. As Kurds killed two Turkish policemen soon after the attack, Ankara launched a military campaign against PKK.

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