A single word could bring a Federal citizens of Turkey for more than four years in prison. On Thursday, a criminal process against Aret Demirci, project coordinator at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Istanbul begins in Istanbul. "For the freedom" is the name of the FDP-affiliated Foundation in the epithet, she is involved with Offered to the political education in more than 60 countries of the world. Demirci is a German Turkish-Armenian origin, and written analysis about developments in Turkey. As it is there appointed to be the freedom to learn, the 37-Year-old on his own body, as he dropped in last summer on his private Twitter account to Tweet to his 200 Followers.
"Statements which are covered under German law understanding of freedom of expression, in Turkey, to professional measures and criminal proceedings is limited", warns the Foreign office in Berlin, in the recently updated Travel advice for Turkey. The case of the Naumann-employee illustrates the gap between the legal conceptions in both countries.
Demircis difficulties began on the day before the parliamentary and presidential elections in Turkey. He resented the fact that most of the television stations in the country ignored a major event of the Opposition during the election campaign completion, on an appearance by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but detailed and put out a Tweet in which the word "crooks" was used. Already in the next night police rang the doorbell civil Demircis door and picked him up. At half past four o'clock in the morning of the Naumann has been locked staff in a cell in the basement of the police headquarters. The police had been "very aggressive," recalls Demirci. An official gave him a "push", before he brought him into his cell. A judge set free Demirci, subject to conditions: He had to report regularly to the police and was not allowed to leave Turkey.
The German Public learned nothing for a long time, the Naumann-Stiftung decided not to go to the press. The German foundations are under pressure in Turkey: Pro-Government media accuse you of, they were involved in plots to overthrow the Turkish regime. Employees of the Goethe-Institut and German diplomats are suspected because of their contacts with representatives of Turkish civil society – recordings of their phone calls, and photos of their Meetings appeared in the indictment against the patron of the arts, Osman Kavala, due to the Gezi protests of 2013, the process is made.
Demirci wants to trade for his right to freedom of opinion and expression
For Aret Demirci fight it agonizing months. Meanwhile, the Federal government was in talks with the Turkish leadership for him. Possibly due to these efforts, the Departure has been lifted a few weeks ago. However, Demirci has not decided to leave Turkey, but to fight in court for his right to freedom of expression. He wanted to in front of the judges underline that his Statement was a "criticism in a democratic sense" and not insulting the President.More about
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Whether he is hearing, is uncertain. The Turkish government has drawn the boundaries of freedom of expression is always close. Critics accuse the leadership in Ankara, under the pretext of the President's insults to protect against any kind of dissent. Demirci must, therefore, see the possibility that he is convicted. His wife had, therefore, to leave Turkey, he says. Also, with a view to the future, she was sceptical as to whether it is wise is to endure. Nevertheless, Demirci remains in Istanbul.