Die Welt group applies to ECtHR in jailed journalist Yücel’s case

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People hold placards with hashtag #FREEDENIZ to protest the detantion of German journalist Deniz Yucel in front of Turkish embassy in Berlin on February 28, 2017. The investigative detention against Yuecel in Turkey has sparked indignation in the government, parties, and journalist associations in Germany. Yucel, 43, was detained on February 18 and his apartment searched in connection with news reports on an attack by hackers on the email account of Turkey's energy minister. Yucel originates from Floersheim. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALL

The WeltN24 GmbH group, which owns the German Die Welt newspaper, has filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg in the case of its employee, Deniz Yücel, who has been in pretrial detention in Turkey since February on charges of terrorism, saying that his groundless incarceration made direct reporting from Turkey impossible.

According to a story on Welt.de on Saturday, the group criticized Turkey for violating freedom of the press and freedom of expression by imprisoning Yücel on groundless accusations.

Stephanie Caspar, managing director of WeltN24, said: “We are using all legal means to defend the press freedom of both Deniz Yücel and the publisher. The complaint before the European Court of Human Rights is another important step. A journalist cannot be simply jailed because he does his job,” in a Reuters story on Saturday.

After Yücel’s lawyers filed a complaint in April, the ECtHR asked the Turkish government to respond by Oct. 23.

Yücel, who was detained in Turkey on Feb. 14 as part of an investigation for publishing stories on the leaked emails of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son-in-law and Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, was arrested by a court on Feb. 27 on charges of terrorist propaganda and public incitement and sent to Silivri Prison in İstanbul.

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