(CNN)An Austrian journalist was detained by police in the Turkish capital of Ankara early Tuesday, according to several magazines to which he has contributed.
Austrian journalist Max Zirngast detained in Turkey, magazines say
Max Zirngast, who has written critically about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was detained along with two Turkish citizens, the Austrian magazine re:volt told CNN via Twitter on Tuesday.
The Jacobin, another magazine Zirngast has contributed to, described his detainment as "an appalling abridgment of democratic rights."
The Austrian Foreign Minigstry confirmed to CNN that an Austrian citizen had been detained in Ankara on Tuesday morning.
"Our embassy in Ankara is already in contact with the relatives and the Turkish authorities," Foreign Ministry spokesman Thomas Schnoell told CNN. Further details could not be provided due to data protection concerns, Schnoell said.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNN.
Re:volt magazine first reported that Zirngast had been detained via Twitter.
"This morning at 5 o'clock our comrade and author Max Zirngast was arrested in Ankara along with other people by the anti-terror department," the magazine wrote. "Allegation, of course: "Terror!!!" #Turkey is trying to silence all resistant voices. It will not succeed!"
Re:volt magazine said that there was a lack of reliable information regarding the detentions and that lawyers were seeking further details.
Rubina Möhring, president of Reporters Without Borders Austria, said in a statement that the arrest was to be condemned "in the strongest terms." "Different political opinions should not be the basis for arrests or intimidation. But that is happening increasingly in Turkey," she said.
Dozens of journalists, including foreign reporters, have been imprisoned without trial in Turkey on terror charges since the failed coup attempt in 2016, according to multiple reports. Turkey is ranked 157 out of 180 countries in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index.
Zirngast has written widely about Turkey for left-wing magazines such as re:volt and Jacobin, often criticizing Erdogan.