— The Erimtan Angle —

‘The Turkish government is preventing some journalists from reporting the developments in the border region. The Turkish intelligence agency has now accused our correspondent Serena Shim of spying. Serena has been reporting from the Turkish border near Kobani. She said the accusations might be due to her coverage of Turkey’s stance on ISIL atrocities in Kobani and the recent protests in Turkey (19 Oct 2014)’.

Shim herself says: “I think it’s definitely because of the reporting about Syria, the so-called Free Syrian Army going in [Syria] and catching these Takfiri militants and getting their passport stamps and getting first-hand information that they were actually inside while Turkey was still hiding this”, adding that the Turkish AKP-led government alleges that “I am spying and that I am working with the Turkish opposition but it’s only logical that I would speak with the Turkish opposition just the same way I would speak with other parties . . . because that’s my job”.[1] Her employer, Press TV, in turn, simply posts on its website that “Turkey has been accused of backing ISIL militants in Syria”.[2]

[1] “Press TV correspondent accused of spying over unbiased reporting” Press TV (18 Oct 2014). http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/17/382602/press-tv-reporter-accused-of-spying/.

[2] “Press TV correspondent accused of spying over unbiased reporting”.


Comments on: "A Spy on the Border: Turkey Accuses Press TV Journalist of Spying" (1)

  1. sitanbul said:

    Published on Oct 19, 2014

    Serena was killed in a reported car accident when she was returning from a report scene in the city of Suruch in Turkey’s Urfa province. She was going back to her hotel in Urfa when their car collided with a heavy vehicle. Urfa province is near the Syrian border. Serena Shim covered reports for Press TV in Lebanon, Iraq, and Ukraine. On Friday, she told Press TV that the Turkish intelligence agency has threatened and accused her of spying and she fears to be arrested.

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