The Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday it was working to find out information on the whereabouts of reporter Adem Ozkose, who works for the Milat newspaper, and cameraman Hamit Coskun.
Reporter and Cameraman? Or undercover spooks? This story stinks to high heaven
"We are making a great effort for the safe return of our journalists through every possible initiative," state-run Anatolia agency quoted Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as saying in a report on its website."There have been saddening deaths from the international media in Syria recently. It shows how severe the situation has become in Syria," he said.
The two arrived in Idlib province,(In an ill gotten manner-illegally) just across the border from Turkey, a week ago, the newspaper and activists said.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry has contacted Syrian authorities for information about the missing journalists, but had not received a response from officials in Damascus, while the Aleppo governor's office said it would look into the issue, a ministry official said.
Families and friends of Ozkose and Coskun gathered in front of the foreign minister's office in Ankara for information on the men, who have not been in contact for four days. The group then moved on to the Syrian embassy in the Turkish capital.
"Journalists, aid volunteers or civilians cannot be harmed anywhere in the world," said the group's Eyup Gokhan Ozekin. "We fear for the lives of our friends. We expect an explanation from Syrian officials."
Contacted the Syrian government? For what reason? How can one hold the Syrian government responsible for illegal entry of "journalists" in a troubled area?
I am sorry, but, sneaking into another nation for nefarious purposes just doesn't get my sympathy.
Two Turkish journalists went missing four days ago near the embattled Syrian city of Idlib, to cover the crisis there, a news channel here said on Wednesday.
The correspondent Adem Ozkose and his cameraman, Hamit Coskun, working for Gercek Hayat magazine, arrived in the northwestern city of Idlib, to cover events in that city, said Turkish news channel (NTV).
The conflict in Idlib city has forced hundreds of people to flee to Turkish territories. Up to 500 people took off to the Turkish border from Idlib within the last 24 hours
Up to 500 foreign fighters fled back into Turkey! No surprise there.
One more thought- with so many "citizen journalists" and "activists" in Syria, why did these two need to gain illegal entry?