Vice Journalist Released From Turkish Prison


Mohammed Rasool was charged with "assisting a terrorist organization" and held for 131 days.

Vice News journalist Mohammed Rasool has been released from a prison in Turkey where he had been held on terror-related charges for more than four months.

"Vice News is pleased to confirm its reporter Mohammed Rasool has been released on bail having been held in a Turkish prison for 131 days," a spokesperson said Tuesday in a statement. "Along with his journalist colleagues, Phil Pendlebury and Jake Hanrahan, Rasool was arrested and imprisoned by Turkish police on Aug. 27, 2015, while reporting in the region for Vice News."

The statement continued: "Whilst Pendlebury and Hanrahan were released after 11 days, Rasool remained detained for over four months, charged with 'assisting a terrorist organization.' "

The spokesperson also said: "Rasool is now looking forward to being reunited with his family, friends and colleagues, who ask for his privacy to be respected during this time."

Vice in October blacked out every digital and social channel for two hours as it continued to call on the Turkish government to release Rasool. "The very existence of democracy relies on a free and thriving fourth estate," Vice co-founder and CEO Shane Smith said at the time. Media-rights advocates, the U.S. government and the European Union also were among those who had been calling for the journalist's release.