Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury, the two Vice News journalists arrested on terror charges in Turkey last week, have been released, according to Turkish officials who spoke with the Associated Press and CNN Turk. The journalists’ Iraqi fixer and translator, Mohammed Rasool, reportedly remains in prison.
The government official told The Associated Press that Hanrahan and Pendlebury were freed on Thursday. He did not know if they would be allowed to leave Turkey or were required to remain in the country pending trial. A lawyer representing the journalists could not immediately be reached for comment.
Hanrahan, Pendlebury, and Rasool were arrested in Diyarbakir, Turkey, last Thursday, reportedly as they filmed fighting between Turkish security officials and the outlawed pro-Kurdish PKK militant group. On Monday, all three were charged with “deliberately aiding an armed organization” because, according to a report in Al Jazeera, the same encryption software occasionally used by ISIS was allegedly found on one of their computers.