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    German Welt Publishing House Appeals to ECHR Over Journalist Arrest in Turkey

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    German publishing house WeltN24 GmbH, which includes Die Welt newspaper and N24 channel, filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) over the arrest of its reporter Deniz Yucel in Turkey.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) — Yucel, working for Die Welt newspaper, was arrested in Istanbul in February for allegedly spreading propaganda materials of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is considered a terrorist organization by Ankara. Berlin repeatedly called for the release of the journalist.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, greets Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the beginning of the G-20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on Friday, July 7, 2017
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    "We use all legal means to defend freedom of reporting of both Deniz Yucel and the publishing house. The complaint with the European Court of Human Rights is another step, an important one. We cannot idly take that a journalist can be detained simply because he does his job," Stephanie Caspar, the CEO of WeltN24, said, as quoted by the newspaper.

    Yucel himself filed a complaint in April, and in July, the court asked Turkish government for clarifications regarding the arrest of the journalist, the media added.

    In July, German media reported, citing diplomatic sources, that Ankara offered to exchange Yucel for two Turkish generals that asked for diplomatic asylum in Germany after 2016 failed coup attempt. Neither German nor Turkish officials confirmed the information.

    Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Die Welt, European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Turkey, Germany
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