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A Turkish court on June 16 arrested Voice of America reporter Arif Aslan hours after he was detained in the southeastern province of Van.

Aslan, who was covering the Democracy March of the Kurdish issue-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), was detained in a morning raid on his home.

The reason for the detention and arrest remains unknown. Media reports said that he was arrested over a previous case into him.

In 2017, Aslan was detained over “being a member of an armed terrorist organization.”

Dozens of journalists are currently imprisoned in Turkey – the country that ranks near bottom of various press freedom indexes and is the world’s biggest jailer of journalists.