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08.08.2017

"Die Welt" newspaper takes Turkey to court over jailed journalist

by Jane Whyatt

A German newspaper whose Turkey correspondent has been jailed and accused is taking the Turkish government to the European Court of Human Rights.

Deniz Yücel Deniz Yücel (Jouralistenwatch/Flickr)

Deniz Yücel of “Die Welt” is accused of “terrorist propaganda” and “inciting the population to violence”. He has been behind bars in solitary confinement for more than six months, since February 2017 in pre-trial detention.

German Justice Minister Heiko Maas is also backing the case: “We will try everything in order to get a fair trial for Deniz Yücel“ he stresses.

On behalf of “Die Welt”, managing director Stephanie Kaspar commented https://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/article167392296/WeltN24-legt-im-Fall-Yuecel-Beschwerde-in-Strassburg-ein.html: “We will use all legal means in order to obtain the freedom to report, both for Deniz Yücel and for the  newspaper.“ She insisted that without its own on-the-spot correspondent it was not possible for Die Welt to provide independent coverage of events in Turkey.

ECPMF Legal Advisor Flutura Kusari comments: “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.”

Back in April, Yücel himself started an official complaint to the European Court of Human Rights. Meanwhile he has been honoured with 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.

One hundred and sixty-four journalists are in jail in turkey at the time of writing, according to the European Federation of Journalists.

 

We invite journalists facing legal troubles to apply for legal and financial support at ECPMF 





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