In Turkey, has once again been a German temporarily detained. The 56-Year-old will be accused to have Posts on Facebook, a terrorist organization supported, reports the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, the WDR and the NDR. In the meantime, the man, live in Munich, again on free foot. He is not allowed to leave the country.

The 56-Year-old is mentioned on the Internet several times in connection with a pro-Kurdish organisation. On its Facebook page members wrote on 28. December that the “long standing member” in the afternoon of the 27. at the airport in Ankara by the Turkish police arrested. “He had traveled to Turkey to attend his mother’s funeral … to participate,” it says.

The Foreign office confirmed on Monday afternoon that the case was known. The Embassy in Ankara to take care of the male consular.

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exacerbating The “süddeutsche Zeitung”, it’s supposed to be in the Facebook entries, to which the Turkish authorities take offense, “the demand for an independent Kurdistan”. Critical of the government records in social media lead to charges in the Turkey regularly to, for example, due to terrorist propaganda or supporting a terrorist organization. The Foreign office had tightened so it was only in October, the travel advice and warning German citizens now in front of government-critical views in social media. Also Comments, “which are covered according to the German understanding of the law of the freedom of expression can give rise to criminal proceedings,” it says. It must be assumed, “that is not public comments in social media would be redirected through anonymous denunciation” to the authorities”.


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In the on Monday published the annual report of the Ministry of the interior, it is said that Turkish investigators have crawled in the framework of investigations to “Cyber-crime” in 2018, around 42.400 accounts on social media. Here, according to the report, terror, propaganda, hate-Talk or insult of state men. Against of about 18,300 users had legally been taken.

in 2017, had triggered a series of arrests of German nationals, a serious crisis between Ankara and Berlin. With the release and departure of a few prominent cases – including the “world”Reporter Deniz Yücel – were the relations of the end of 2017, slightly relaxed. According to official data, as of Monday, five German citizens sit still “for political reasons” in prison. Some processes are still running. Other prisoners were to met recently sentenced to prison.

Among them is a Cologne based singer with the artist name Hozan Cane (mid 40’s). She was sentenced in November for membership in the banned Kurdish workers ‘ party PKK to six years and three months in prison. Patrick K. (29) from Gießen, was sentenced in October for membership in a terrorist organization to more than six years in prison.

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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