Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey has expressed concern over the arrest of Austrian journalist Max Zirngast by Turkish authorities.
PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali has condemned the arrest and has called on Turkish authorities to immediately release Zirngast.
According to IPS Communication Foundation – Bianet, police detained Zirngast during the early hours of September 11, from the capital city of Ankara.
Zirngast works for Germany-based left-wing re:volt magazine in Austria. The magazine on its Twitter posted that, “Turkey is trying to silence all oppositional voices. They will not be able to do it!”
The magazine further stated that Zirngast has probably been arrested political reporting, and that the police have also arrested two Turkish citizens along with Zirngast.
A New York-based magazine Jacobin for which Zirngast also works, stated, “One of our contributors, Max Zirngast, has been taken into custody by Turkish police. This is an appalling abridgment of democratic rights. #FreeMaxZirngast”