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Turkey Arrests Vice News Journalists on Terror-Related Charges

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    A man holds a placard as people gather in support outside Zaman newspaper in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, hours after police launched raids in a dozen cities, detaining at least 23 people, including journalists, television producers and police known to be close to a movement led by a U.S.-based moderate Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen. It is not uncommon for journalists to be taken into custody while reporting from Turkey's mostly Kurdish regions and several Kurdish journalists have been jailed for alleged links to the Kurdish rebels.

    A Turkish court charged two Vice News journalists and their assistant on Monday with "aiding a terrorist organization" and ordered them arrested pending trial, NBC News reported.

    Two British journalists, correspondent Jake Hanrahan and cameraman Philip Pendlebury, and their Turkey-based assistant were detained on Thursday while reporting from Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast, where renewed fighting between security forces and Kurdish rebels has killed scores of people.

    It wasn't immediately clear which organization the journalists are accused of aiding. Their employer has called the charges "baseless and alarmingly false."