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Turkish court orders detention of journalist for spreading terrorist propaganda

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Turkish court orders detention of journalist for spreading terrorist propaganda

A journalist working for Germany’s Die Welt newspaper has been jailed following the orders of a Turkish court for allegedly spreading ‘terrorist propaganda’ and inciting hatred.

Deniz Yucel, who holds both Turkish and German passports, has been detained pending a trial on charges levelled against him following his February 14 report about a hacker attack on the email account of Turkey’s energy minister.

Reports say the 43-year-old journalist was questioned by a prosecutor in Istanbul on Monday for about three hours before a judge ordered him formally arrested pending the preparation of an indictment and a trial.

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The detention of Yucel has been condemned by German Chancellor Angela Merkel who criticised the move in a statement saying it is “bitter and disappointing” and called it “disproportionate”.

“The German government expects that the Turkish judiciary, in its treatment of the Yucel case, takes account of the high value of freedom of the press for every democratic society. We will continue to insist on a fair and legal treatment of Deniz Yucel and hope that he will soon regain his freedom,” she said.

 

 

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