Turkey arrests Die Welt reporter Deniz Yucel

Deniz Yucel

German daily Die Welt announced that its reporter, Deniz Yucel, was arrested in Istanbul three days ago.

Speaking to BBC Turkish, Deniz Yucel’s lawyer said that the charges against his client are still unknown because the prosecution has issued a ‘confidentiality order’ on the case.

According to Deutche Welle, Yucel was summoned by Istanbul police headquarters to give a statement regarding Energy Minister Berat Albayrak’s personal emails, which were hacked and leaked by hacker group Redhack.

The lawyer also said that Yucel’s home was searched by the police and the Die Welt reporter may be charged for ‘being a member of a terrorist organisation’.

Yucel was also taken into custody in June 2015 for a question he asked Sanliurfa governor Izzettin Kucuk and Ahmet Davutoglu, the prime minister at that time, who declared his displeasure with Yucel’s question at a press conference in Germany.

The editorial director of Die Welt, Ulf Poschardt, said, “Our reporter has done a great job. The Turkish government always claims that Turkey is a state of law. That is why we do not doubt that he will be acquitted soon in a rightful judgement.”

Also speaking to DW, the German Journalist Association’s head, Frank Überall, said President Erdogan is utilising the state of emergency in Turkey to arrest opposition journalists.

Emails hacked by marxist hacker group Redhack from Turkish minister and also son-in-law of President Erdogan, Berat Albayrak, had revealed details of how Turkey’s pro-government Twitter ‘troll army’ targeted the opposition and silenced media criticism.