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Joerg Brase : ZDF-correspondent will now get work permit for Turkey

The Turkey correspondent of the ZDF, Joerg Brase receives his accreditation, to be allowed to continue from Turkey reports. The head of the Istanbul-based ZDF television Studios announced on Tuesday in the short message service Twitter that the Turkish government had informed him that you have made your decision for the withdrawal of his press card back. "I will return in the coming days to Istanbul," he wrote.

The press office in Ankara had Seibert Brase, as well as day-to-day mirror Reporter Thomas and not constantly living in Turkey NDR-Reporter Halil Gülbeyaz, in front of about ten days, without stating reasons, informed that you will not be granted a new press card. On Sunday Brase had to and Seibert abandoned the Turkey.

The refusal of accreditation was raised in Berlin indignation. The case weighed heavily on the years of crisis, most recently, but improved relations between Germany and Turkey.

government spokesman Steffen Seibert announced on Monday, the Federal government will continue to strive for the Affected. The matter was not done with the exit. At the weekend, Berlin had intensified, among other things, because of the refusal of work permit for three German journalists to the travel advice for Turkey. Whether Turkey will give the other two reporters work permit, was initially unclear.

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to order Direct rejections are extremely rare, and the Reporter called it as an attempt to influence the critical and independent reporting of international media and intimidate journalists. Against local media, the Turkish government since a coup attempt in 2016, sharp.

The press card of foreign correspondents run every year at the end of December and must then be re-applied. The tickets are valid as a work permit, but are also the basis for the issuance of a residence permit. Currently, about a dozen German journalists and numerous international correspondents continue to wait for the new cards. Week the high-ranking diplomats and politicians had used behind the Scenes for the German correspondents.

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The affair comes at an inopportune time for the Turkey. The government had also hoped because of the poor economic situation for 2019 with a more tourists from Germany. According to data from the statistics office in Ankara on Monday, had slipped the country by the end of 2018 in the recession. Economists speak of recession when an economy shrinks for two quarters in a row. At the end of March in Turkey, also elections to local. (AFP, dpa)

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