Turkey detains American journalist for leaking information

Freelancer charged with having links to Kurdish offshoot organization and leaking Turkish info to US

Police in Turkey have detained an American journalist, Jack Hess, in the south-eastern province of Diyarbakir on charges of leaking information to US security services. He has also been charged with having links with the Kurdish Communities Union (KCK) - an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

According to The Boston Globe, the Hampton resident moved to Turkey two years ago as a human rights activist motivated by concerns about Kurdish rights.

Hess's lawyer Serkan Akbas said that he had been working as a freelancer for the Inter Press Service (IPS) news organization, and also did some translation work for a group of Kurdish rights activists, who have been charged with aiding the rebels.

In the most recent report by IPS, Hess wrote about the plight of Kurdish civilians affected by Turkish and Iranian bombings targeting the PKK. He apparently wrote that the PKK, which the US State Department has designated a terrorist organisation, "demands greater rights and freedoms for the country's Kurds.''