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June 8th, 2014
12:26 PM ET

CNN reporter questioned by Turkish police

After one of his live reports was forcefully interrupted by authorities and he was denounced by the Turkish Prime Minister, CNN's Ivan Watson tells Brian Stelter about the challenges of reporting from Turkey.

At the end of the segment, Stelter read this statement from CNN: "We have said repeatedly that we stand unequivocally by our reporting from Turkey and by our reporter Ivan Watson, a journalist of the highest integrity. We find his recent work in Turkey to be brave and commendable."


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  1. İrfan

    No matter what happend and Who ever decided him to leave turkey for far East is wrong desicion.. If this is ivan's desicion it is respected. He was true woice of turkey.. What a shame he wıll not report form turkey anymore..see what a pressure Türkish press has.

    June 9, 2014 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  2. Berna

    At the risk of sounding overly emotional, this brought tears to my eyes. Ivan Watson doesn't seem like he wants to leave Istanbul and him leaving this city is purely the result of the fact he will probably not be able to do his job well here anymore. There is no need to talk much about Erdoğan, he's a delusional man who has absolutely no problem with lying about anything and everything, targeting people without a shred of evidence if he believes this will make him get votes or show him like a 'hero'. Targeting someone as an enemy and pretending like he's strong against him (just like the case here) is his usual way to do so. Like most people in Turkey I'm absolutely ashamed of Erdoğan's actions and that he has the title "PM of Turkey", and I do hope we can leave these dark times behind us as soon as possible. As for you Ivan Watson, in the beginning I have thought you and CNN were tolerating Erdoğan's madness, though I suspect it might be because he might have fooled you - Erdoğan was a master of manipulating people, he fooled a lot of Turkish people too. I'm really sad you're leaving us after 12 years. Thanks for reporting news from here, making our voice reach the rest of the world, including through our worst days. Best of luck in your career.

    June 9, 2014 at 7:54 am | Reply
  3. Murat Yazıcıoğlu

    Can has a good point here.

    June 9, 2014 at 5:07 am | Reply
  4. Can Denizman

    Surprise, surprise. What happened, man? You were so much in favor of this islamo-fascist just a couple years ago. Not only you CNN, but also NPR, New York Times, WP, even the Guardian. You blamed anybody criticising this mad man as" secular elit" and hailed this government as the manifestation of "real democracy." I am just laughing at your ignorance and stupidity. You don't have a clue as to what's happening in the world. Go look for the missing plane.

    June 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm | Reply

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