Viewers at home saw the threats facing journalists in Turkey when CNN's Ivan Watson was detained during a live report on Saturday.
Watson was reporting from Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, when police asked "Are you journalist?" and demanded to see his passport. Police surrounded the reporter and his crew, and the camera briefly lost focus in the chaos. The broadcast cut away as Watson tried to show them his credentials and an officer grabbed his back.
Watson, who was later released, explained on Twitter:
Turkish police detained me and my crew in the middle of a live report in Taksim Square. One officer kneed me in the butt.
Turkish police released CNN team after half an hour. Officer apologized for another officer who kneed me while I was being detained. 1/2
Turkish police officer wasn't satisfied w/my press card from prime ministry. "Many are counterfeited," he said, demanding passport 2/2
Watch Watson's encounter with Turkish police in the video above.
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