foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) challenges the decision of the Turkish authorities, a number of German correspondents, no new accreditations to be issued.
It was acceptable, if German and European correspondents could not go about their work in the country, he said the “Tagesspiegel am Sonntag”. “If journalists are prevented from working, is with our understanding of the freedom of the press is not compatible.” The Federal government will continue to fight to ensure that journalists can work in Turkey without restrictions. This is also his Turkish colleague Mevlut Cavusoglu know.
in government circles, the blade also reported that Germany consider it as an Affront, that several German journalists are in fact forced out of the country. You are not going to let the matter rest for the time being, but again and again.
The press card of foreign correspondents run every year at the end of December and must then be re-applied. A number of journalists organizations had criticized the actions of the Turkish authorities.
in view of the development of updated, the Foreign office also its travel and security advice for Turkey. It could not be excluded “that the Turkish government is taking further action against representatives of German media, as well as civil society institutions”, – stated in it. The authority also refers to statements by the Turkish government from the beginning of March, after which people the threat of an arrest at the time of entry who have participated abroad, among other things, gatherings of as “terrorist” organisations described and in the holidays in the Turkey travel. “It must be assumed that non-public comments in social media about anonymous denunciation to the Turkish law enforcement authorities will be forwarded.”