Turkey Releases Vice News Journalist Mohammed Rasool After Four Months in Prison

The reporter, Mohammed Rasool, was detained in August along with two other Vice journalists.

Mohammed Rasool during a break while working with an Associated Press team in Turkey, Nov. 1, 2014.
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REUTERS - A Vice News reporter held on terrorism charges was released on bail in Turkey after spending more than four months in prison, the news magazine said on Thursday.

The reporter, Mohammed Rasool, was detained in August along with two other Vice journalists in southeastern Turkey and sent to prison.

A Turkish court freed the two British journalists but ruled to keep their fixer, an Iraqi national, in custody pending investigation after assessing an appeal request from the trio's lawyers. 

Vice said a court document issued in Diyarbakir claimed Rasool was detained "as a protective measure" and was not allowed to leave Turkey. It said he must report to police twice a week. 

The news magazine said Rasool, Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury were reporting on clashes between Turkish authorities and members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) when they were taken into custody.
 
They were accused of "working on behalf of a terrorist organization," Vice said.