Deniz Yücel

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Deniz Yücel
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Deniz Yücel in 2018
Born (1973-09-10) 10 September 1973 (age 45)
NationalityGerman and Turkish
OccupationJournalist

Deniz Yücel (Turkish pronunciation: [deˈniz jyˈdʒæl]; born 10 September 1973 in Flörsheim am Main, Germany) is a German-Turkish journalist and publisher. He has been a contributor to several German publications, most notably Die Tageszeitung and Die Welt.

Espionage accusations and imprisonment[edit]

The Turkish government repeatedly accused Yücel of espionage on behalf of Germany's federal intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst, and in support of the alleged terrorist organizations FETÖ and PKK. The government further claimed that Yücel aided these two groups in inciting violence in Turkey.[1] In a speech in 2017, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared that Yücel "is a spy, not a journalist".[2]

On 14 February 2017, Yücel was formally indicted by a Turkish court and imprisoned for espionage.[3] His incarceration was widely criticized by journalists, politicians, and the German public.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10] Sigmar Gabriel, the German Minister of Foreign Affairs, immediately summoned the Turkish ambassador to the Foreign Office to protest Yücel's sentence.[11] On 16 February 2018, just over a year after his imprisonment began, Yücel was released.[12]

Yücel received strong public support in Germany throughout his imprisonment, despite his derogatory comments on the German people. The Twitter hashtag #FreeDeniz was active and popular. The German newspaper Die Welt, for which Yücel is a correspondent, offered to forward letters of support to the journalist. It also published Yücel's prison address in Turkey and suggested that letters written in Turkish could be sent directly to the journalist's prison cell.

Works[edit]

  • Taksim ist überall. Die Gezi-Bewegung und die Zukunft der Türkei. 2014, ISBN 978-3-89401-791-0.
  • Und morgen die ganze Türkei. Der lange Aufstieg des Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in: Kursbuch 188, 27 November 2016 (excerpts here).
  • Wir sind ja nicht zum Spaß hier. Edition Nautilus, Hamburg 2018, ISBN 978-3-96054-073-1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Erdoğan: Deniz Yücel PKK'nın temsilcisi olarak konsoloslukta saklandı". T24. Retrieved 2017-05-19.
  2. ^ Germany, SPIEGEL ONLINE, Hamburg. "Erdoğan: "Deniz Yücel ist ein deutscher Agent"". Sueddeutsche Zeitung. Retrieved 2017-05-19.
  3. ^ "WELT-Korrespondent Deniz Yücel in der Türkei im Polizeigewahrsam - WELT". DIE WELT. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  4. ^ Germany, SPIEGEL ONLINE, Hamburg. "SPIEGEL und SPIEGEL ONLINE: Wir fordern Freiheit für Deniz Yücel und alle in der Türkei inhaftierten Journalisten - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Politik". SPIEGEL ONLINE. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  5. ^ Shaheen, Kareem (2017-02-28). "'Assault on freedom of expression': Die Welt journalist's arrest in Turkey condemned". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  6. ^ Adu, Aletha (2017-03-01). "Merkel BLASTS president Erdogan's 'bitter and disappointing' regime for journalist arrest". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  7. ^ "Turkey orders German newspaper journalist jailed until trial". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  8. ^ Oltermann, Philip (2017-03-01). "Angela Merkel urged to ban Erdoğan over jailed German journalist". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  9. ^ Reuters (2017-02-27). "Journalist for German newspaper arrested in Turkey". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  10. ^ "Konvoylar devam edecek: Deniz Yücel tutuklandı" (in Turkish). Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  11. ^ Germany, SPIEGEL ONLINE, Hamburg. "Bundesregierung im Fall Yücel: Protest ohne Trööt - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Politik". SPIEGEL ONLINE. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  12. ^ Germany, Die Welt, Berlin. "Deniz Yücel verlässt das Gefängnis und ist frei". welt.de. Retrieved 2018-02-16.

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