Turkey detains well-known Syrian activist and journalist Rami Jarrah

Turkey has detained a well-known Syrian activist and journalist, Rami Jarrah, sparking outcry among reporters and Syrians in the country who are campaigning Friday for his immediate release.

Jarrah, who was raised in Britain, has regularly reported from opposition-held areas of Syria, producing video, radio and print pieces from Aleppo.

He has been held by authorities since Wednesday, according to a statement from US-based nonprofit organization Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), though his exact location is unclear.

Following his last trip to Aleppo, he was interviewed by numerous international news outlets, giving insights into the daily lives of Syrian civilians in the rebel zones, which have largely been off limits for foreign reporters because of kidnappings.

In January, after leaving Aleppo, which is currently facing a heavy air offensive by Russia, Jarrah was invited as a guest to the presidential palace in Ankara by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and posted a selfie from the event.

According to the CPJ, Jarrah was detained by immigration officials after trying to apply for a residency permit in Gaziantep, a Turkish province near the border with Syria.

"We call on Turkish authorities to immediately release Rami Jarrah and allow him to work in Turkey without fear of obstruction," said Nina Ognianova, coordinator of CPJ's Europe and Central Asia programme.

Last update: Fri, 19/02/2016 - 12:02
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