German officials boost security measures for journalist after Erdoğan visit

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Former Cumhuriyet daily Editor-in-Chief Can Dündar

Journalist Can Dündar said German officials have increased security measures to protect him after a recent state visit to Germany by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Deutsche Welle Turkish service reported.

In an interview with German TV, Dündar stated that President Erdoğan had a poisonous view of his journalism, never forgetting a news story undermining his legitimacy and making efforts to get revenge.

He said Erdoğan’s remarks increased the level of danger for him.

Erdoğan requested Dündar’s extradition to Turkey from German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a joint press conference in late September, accusing him of spying on his country.

Dündar denied Erdoğan’s allegations immediately after the press conference.

The news story that attracted Erdoğan’s wrath concerned trucks from Turkey’s intelligence agency carrying weapons to rebels in the Syrian civil war. The report included photos showing weapons inside the trucks, frustrating the Turkish government that beforehand had insisted the trucks were carrying humanitarian aid to Turkmens.

Dündar was arrested in Turkey in November 2015 and released pending appeal in February 2016 after a Constitutional Court ruling indicated that his incarceration had violated his personal liberty.

Later Dündar fled Turkey and took up residence in Germany, becoming an outspoken critic of Erdoğan and his government.

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