Another reporter sent to prison in Turkey

Selman Keles.

Another reporter has been jailed in Turkey.

Dihaber News Agency reporter Selman Keles, who appeared in court on Friday on charges of “membership to an illegal organisation”, was sent to prison by the judge.

Keles, who reported mainly from Turkey’s southeastern Kurdish region, was detained on 20 March in Van city as he was doing his job.

More than a hundred journalists and reporters are behind bars in Turkey on terror charges pending trial.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called Turkey the “biggest jailer of journalists”.

At least 150 journalists and reporters are thought to be in prison in the country, many of them from Kurdish publications.

Government officials have denied the imprisonment of journalists, calling them all “terrorists”.