The Green politician Cem Özdemir has criticized Turkey as an "arbitrary state". "No one in Turkey is safe, neither German nor non-German," said Özdemir on Monday in Germany radio. The country is no rule of law. After the ban on working for several German correspondents in Turkey, demands are increasing for concrete consequences. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert, as well as the Foreign office commented, however, on Monday in Berlin reserved.
The Turkey had not extended the accreditations of several correspondents. The correspondent of the ZDF, Joerg Brase, and of the "daily mirror", Thomas Seibert. Both returned on Sunday back to Germany, because they lost the accreditation of your residence permit. Also, the accreditation was denied the NDR correspondent Halil Gülbeyaz. Many other European journalists in Turkey are still waiting for a decision of the authorities.
Özdemir criticized Turkey against this Background, as "arbitrary state". "No one in Turkey is safe, neither German nor non-German," he said in the Germany radio. The Green politician suspected political considerations of President Recep Tayyip erdoğan behind the decision. The municipal elections at the end of March, promised nothing Good for the Turkish President, said Özdemir. Therefore, he needed a internal and external political escalation.
From the Turkey, there had been earlier threats of arrests by the Germans, if they were involved in, for example, of the workers ' party of Kurdistan (PKK) or other "terrorist organizations" ascribed to rallies.daily mirror tomorrow location for Free order
not Only economic and political pressure could help to stop the Erosion of fundamental rights in Turkey, said the Chairman of the trade Union of German journalists Union (dju) in Verdi, Tina resentment. "Journalism is not a crime. This principle applies not only in words but also in deeds, to defend," she said of the policy applied. Otherwise, this drama will go on developing further and further.
Can Dündar calls on media to stop
in Germany, exiled Turkish Journalist Can Dündar has called on the German media, is now not to shrink back, but to take a common position. "Accredited either all of us or we all go together" should be the message. Dündar recalled the time of the military dictatorship in Turkey, as in 1980, most of the foreign Turkey-correspondents have moved their offices to Athens. The Federal government he accused to have so far "only weak reactions".Video 10.03.2019, 17:25 Uhr01:08 Min.German correspondents in Turkey
Seibert leave said that the Federal government take the approach of Turkey "with Regret and also with a lack of understanding". He urged that all journalists must be able to exercise their work freely there. A spokesman for the foreign office announced that the issue should be brought to Turkey. To were possible, the specific consequences of the government representatives, however.
The EU Commission called on Turkey to hinder the work of foreign journalists. As the AFP news Agency from EU learned circles, wants to appeal to the Commission the cases of the two journalists on Friday at the Association Council with Turkey in Brussels.More about
Erdogan's press policy accuses Turkey of German correspondents out of the country
CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak said in Berlin, the party Presidium condemn the dealing with the correspondent "in the strongest possible terms". He also expressed concern about the violations of press freedom and freedom of expression in Turkey. (AFP)