SANA’s Turkey Correspondent Hospitalized While Being Investigated by Police

Reporter for Syrian state media outlet SANA falls ill while being investigated by Turkish police after being charged with insulting state officials on social media

Hosni Mahli, SANA’s correspondent in Turkey, was transferred to a hospital in Istanbul after falling ill while facing investigation at a Turkish police headquarter, the Turkish Gercek Gundem newspaper reported Thursday.

Mahli was moved to the neurology unit at the Cerrahpasa Medicine Faculty at Istanbul University after receiving first aid, according to the newspaper.

The journalist was arrested earlier this week by Turkish authorities for allegedly “insulting top state officials” on his Twitter account. Turkish police raided Mahli’s house and seized digital equipment.

The police held Mahli incommunicado, according to Yurt newspaper. SANA has been unable to successfully contact the reporter since his arrest.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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