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  • Accusé de “propagande terroriste” et d’”incitation à la haine”, le journaliste germano-turc Deniz Yücel est détenu en Turquie depuis le 14 février 2017. Sa soeur, Ilkay, se bat pour que son frère soit libéré en organisant des manifestations silencieuses et en intervenant à la télévision.
  • Le hashtag #FreeDeniz est devenu un symbole de la liberté de la presse.
  • Mise à jour: Le journaliste germano-turc emprisonné pour “terrorisme” depuis un an en Turquie et dont le sort empoisonnait les relations entre les deux pays, il a été remis finalement en liberté vendredi, a annoncé le gouvernement allemand.

Accusé de “propagande terroriste” et d’”incitation à la haine”, le journaliste germano-turc Deniz Yücel est détenu en Turquie depuis le 14 février. “Pourtant, il n’a fait que son travail”, explique sa sœur Ilkay, qui se bat pour que son frère soit libéré en organisant des manifestations silencieuses ainsi que des défilés de voitures, et en intervenant à la télévision. Ilkay est plutôt timide, mais se mobilise autant que possible pour Deniz et contre le président Erdogan, qui considère le journaliste comme son propre prisonnier et a déclaré qu’il refuserait de le libérer tant qu’il est au pouvoir. Le hashtag #FreeDeniz devient ainsi un symbole de la liberté de la presse.

Alors que le Premier ministre turc est en visite à Berlin, l’Allemagne a marqué le premier anniversaire de l’emprisonnement du journaliste germano-turc, Deniz Yücel, détenu à Istanbul sans charge d’accusation formelle.

Le 14 février 2017, le correspondant du quotidien allemand “Die Welt” à Istanbul, Deniz Yücel, se rendait à la police après avoir appris l’existence d’un mandat d’arrêt contre lui et d’autres journalistes. Leur point commun : avoir mis en cause le ministre de l’Énergie – et gendre du président Erdogan –, Berat Albayrak, dans des affaires de corruption

Après deux semaines de garde à vue, Deniz Yücel était placé en détention provisoire à la prison de Silivri, en banlieue d’Istanbul. Un an plus tard, il est toujours incarcéré en Turquie et aucun acte d’accusation ne lui a encore été présenté. Officiellement, l’enquête ouverte contre lui porte sur une interview réalisée avec un responsable du Parti des Travailleurs du Kurdistan (PKK), organisation considérée comme terroriste par Ankara, et des messages sur les réseaux sociaux.

Pour le premier anniversaire de son incarcération, et à l’occasion de la visite en Allemagne du Premier ministre turc, Binali Yildirim qui rencontre Angela Merkel le 15 février, des manifestations ont eu lieu à Berlin. Véhicules et vélos décorés de ballons en forme de cœur rouge ont défilé mardi dans la capitale allemande pour réclamer sa libération et celle des autres journalistes détenus en Turquie.

Mardi soir, le livre que Deniz Yücel a écrit depuis sa cellule a également été présenté au public. Intitulé “On n’est pas ici pour s’amuser”, l’ouvrage, qu’il a réussi à faire sortir clandestinement de prison, fait le récit de ses conditions de détention, particulièrement dures.

Né en Allemagne de parents turcs, le reporter de 44 ans n’a eu droit à la visite d’un représentant consulaire allemand qu’au bout de deux mois, affirme RSF. Il a longtemps été soumis à un isolement sévère, restreignant les visites de ses proches et de son avocat, et interdisant toute correspondance. Ces mesures n’ont été levées qu’à la fin de l’année 2017.

  • La Turquie laisse planer un espoir

Depuis le début de l’année, Ankara a donc quelque peu infléchi ses positions et tente de renouer avec Berlin. Pour la première fois mercredi, le Premier ministre turc, Binali Yildirim, a laissé “espérer” la libération prochaine du journaliste. ” Je suis d’avis qu’il y aura une évolution sous peu”, a affirmé M. Yildirim dans un entretien à la chaîne publique allemande ARD. “Ce n’est pas moi qui prends la décision”, a toutefois ajouté le Premier ministre turc. “Ce sont les tribunaux”, a-t-il souligné, assurant que la Turquie était “un État de droit”.

De son côté, le chef de la diplomatie allemande, Sigmar Gabriel, a également affirmé “espérer une décision positive prochaine du tribunal turc indépendant”. Il a expliqué avoir mené “des discussions intensives” ces derniers jours et semaines, lesquels ont notamment été émaillés de “rencontres personnelles” avec son homologue turc, Mevlüt Cavusoglu, pour tenter de débloquer la situation.

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Update: 16/2/2018:Die Welt journalist Deniz Yucel is being freed from jail in Turkey after a year in detention accused of spreading “propaganda”, German officials say.

  • A timeline of the year Deniz Yücel has spent in Erdogan’s prisons in Turkey (DW.com)

On Feb. 14th, 2018, it was marked one-year since journalist Deniz Yucel was imprisoned in Turkey after the government accused him of spreading terrorist propaganda and promoting violence, charges he denies.

The Turkish government started arresting political opponents, activists, and journalists after a failed coup attempt in July 2016. In the crackdown, 28 German citizens were arrested, but only six remain behind bars, including human rights activist and documentary filmmaker Peter Steudner and journalist and translator Mesale Tolu. A total of 50,000 people were detained for “security reasons.

Deniz Yucel, a 44-year-old correspondent for the daily Die Welt newspaper, still has not been formally charged since his arrest last year in Istanbul on terror allegations and espionage. Yucel, who has both German and Turkish citizenship, is one of six German citizens imprisoned in Turkey for what Germany considers political reasons.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has in the past alleged that the reporter was a German spy and a “representative” of the Kurdish PKK rebel group — all of which the newspaper denies.

Vigils were held Wednesday in Yucel’s hometown of Floersheim, in central Germany, and many papers marked the one-year anniversary of Yucel’s imprisonment with big pictures and stories about him on their front pages.

In Berlin, supporters drove dozens of cars decorated with “Free Deniz” posters in a long procession through the capital, honking and slowing down traffic to call for Yucel’s release.

February 14, 2017: Deniz Yücel, the Turkey correspondent for the German daily newspaper Die Welt, goes to Istanbul’s police headquarters to answer questions from investigators. Like other international journalists, the 43-year-old had reported that the Turkish energy minister’s email account had been hacked. On arriving at the police station, Yücel, who has dual German and Turkish citizenship, is taken into custody. At first, the reasons are unclear.

February 18: A few days later, German Chancellor Angela Merkel calls on Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim to treat Yücel fairly.

February 27: A court issues an arrest warrant for Yücel. He is detained indefinitely, initially at Istanbul’s Metris prison. He is accused of sedition and using “terrorist propaganda to incite the population.” Articles by Yücel on the Turkish government’s conflict with the Kurdish minority, and the failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016, are mentioned by the judge. Preliminary detention in Turkey can last up to five years.

On this anniversary of his imprisonment, Turkey´s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim suggested Yucel could be freed soon, but that that decision “is not up to him”.

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Opinion: The human dignity in the face of hypocrisy


written by Costas Mavrides MEP   (S&D &DIKO),

D-TRDelegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee

Judiciary in Turkey had always been an instrument of the regime from the Kemalists generals to the President Erdogan’s  “Neo-Ottomanist regime“. Courts in Turkey simply don’t exist anymore. Currently there are only “President Erdogan’s Courts” that serve him while he considers that “the judiciary in Turkey is more fair than in any other European country”.

Turkish journalist Abdullah Bozkurt  who has been in exile in Sweden discloses dirty little secrets regarding Turkey, since kemalism until today, with the aim of influencing certain officials in various key positions.  From politicians, academics, journalists and diplomats of foreign states to judges at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg! Into these “great exploits” of Turkey through blackmail and corruption, including interference with judges at the European Court of Justice in Strasbourg for a case involving the Republic of Cyprus. The reporter also lists Karl Bild’s (Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs from October 2006 to October 2014) links as he’s openly a current apologist for Turkey’s Erdogan regime.

Incidentally, after the failure of the Annan Plan to reunificate Cyprus, Mr Bild took a leading role- with some Greek Cypriots-to punish the Cypriot government and to reward the breakaway regime. His wife, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt,  who is now a MEP, Sweden (EPP) is the head of the lobby in favour of Erdogan’s regime. Furthermore, bloodthirsty  Hakan Fidan , who heads Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency, is the head of  all regime’s dirty work. It is believed that the massacre in Egypt’s Al Arish province  has been carried out by the Turkish MİT. Or rather, this is a massacre carried out by Hakan Fidan on Erdoğan’s orders.

Against to all these people “related to corruption”, there are still some people who resist with boldness. The two co-chairmen of the  Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey,  Selahattin Demirtas ( of Kurdish origin) and Figen Yuksekdag (of  Turkish origin) who have been detained in different prisons since November 2016 with 7 other deputies had to be brought to court this month. The regime accuses them for “establishment of an armed terrorist organization” , “terrorist propaganda” (*) etc… After a year, the only evidence against them are the public speeches they had done for years! Turkey’s government soughts to imprison him for up to 142 years. In addition, the Kurdish leader is being tried in absentia after the court denied his right to attend, insisting he use a video link from the prison in which he is being held — an option he refused.

Consequently, the courts in Turkey are just an instrument for promoting the mandates of the regime. Courts are only in name. However,  the  ECHR (Strasbourg) rejected the request of the evicted to appeal directly to the European Court  and demands that all “Turkish appeals” to be addressed and exhausted first in Turkey! We’re faced with so much hypocrisy from the highest level of fairness and respect in Europe.

In the face of hypocrisy, Demirtas’ statement to “Erdogan’s Prosecutor” remains a timeless monument of dignity of humanity:

 “We are the elected representatives of people. We are not representing ourselves but the masses who elected us. We are member of parliament with a parliamentary immunity. I will not allow to disrespect the will of my people. I refuse to be an actor this judicial theatre that started just because Erdogan ordered it. I will not answer to your questions. Even bringing me here is illegal. Being in parliament or in prison, we will continue to defend our ideas and struggle. We have no doubt that we will get our country and people rid of this fascistic regime under the name of presidency. Sooner or later the democratic struggle will win. The regime under Erdogan will change. I have no requests or expectations from you. Only my people can question me for my political activities”. – Demirtas, Nov 2016.

Even if Demirtas remains still in prison, the young leader with his courage preserves the dignity of humanity.

Costas Mavrides, MEP (S&D) 

costas.mavrides@europarl.europa.eu
*Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the  position of Eyes on Europe & the Middle East.Translation made by Eyes on Europe & the Middle East. 
  • Notes:

*1. Ankara accuses HDP of having ties to the PKK, a named terrorist organization. In May 2016, the Turkish parliament voted to lift immunity from a select group of lawmakers, including many HDP members.