Turkey frees detained Syria journalist without charges

Friday 19/02/2016
He was questioned about his work

BEIRUT - A Syrian journalist detained in Turkey said Saturday he has been freed, a day after media groups urged his release.

Writing on his Facebook page, Rami Jarrah said he had been released but said he was given no explanation as to why he was arrested, though he added it appeared to be related to his work in Syria.

Jarrah was detained by Turkish authorities on Wednesday, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, a rights group that had called for his release.

He was held while applying for a residency permit in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep.

Turkish authorities had no comment on his reported detention.

Ankara is a key backer of Syria's opposition and says it is hosting more than 2.6 million Syrian refugees.