After being held for 131 days, the journalist, who was born in Iraqi Kurdistan, was released on Tuesday.
Rasool was arrested in August when he was reporting on anti-government protests in Turkey with fellow VICE journalists Philip Pendlebury and Jake Hanrahan. While Pendlebury and Hanrahan were released after being held for just over a week, Rasool was held for months. Although Rasool is no longer being held in prison, according to VICE, “a document issued by a court in Diyarbakir stated that no bail payment was made, that Rasool was detained ‘as a protective measure,’ and he cannot leave the country. He must also report twice a week to a police station near where he lives.”