German Die Welt suing Turkish government because of arrested journalist
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German newspaper Die Welt, whose correspondent Deniz Yücel was arrested in Turkey, has decided to take legal actions against Turkey and will take the Turkish government to the European Court of Human Rights, ecpmf.eu reports.

Namely, journalist Deniz Yücel is accused of terrorist propaganda and of inciting violence. Yücel was arrested on 13 February this year in Turkey and was held there for 14 days. He was then taken in for questioning, after which, on 27 February, it was ordered that he be imprisoned, and he is currently awaiting trial in prison. As Deutsche Welle reported at the time, Yücel was detained because he was reporting on an affair regarding pulling out private emails of Turkish Minister of Energy Berat Albayrak who is son-in-law and close political ally of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

German Minister of Justice Heiko Maas gave his support to the decision of the newspaper: “We will try everything in order to get a fair trial for Deniz Yücel“, he stressed. On behalf of Die Welt, direc-

tor Stephanie Kaspar stated: “We will use all legal means in order to obtain the freedom to report, both for Deniz Yücel and for the newspaper.” She added that without its own on-the-spot journalists, Die Welt cannot provide independent coverage of the events in Turkey.

ECPMF Legal Adviser Flutura Kusari emphasises: “Holding a journalist in jail without charge for several months is not acceptable. We welcome any legal initiative holding the Turkish government accountable for infringing the right to freedom of expression of journalists.”

As ECPMF states, in April Yücel himself initiated a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights. In the meantime, he received the Media Foundation of the Sparkasse Leipzig Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media 2017 and the Theodor Wolff Prize for Press Freedom.

 

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