Germany will not extradite Turkish journalist who protested Erdoğan - DW

A Turkish journalist who faced deportation from Germany for protesting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during his visit to Berlin last month will not be extradited to Turkey, Germany broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported on Monday.

Adil Yigit, who writes for the German newspaper TAZ and runs the Turkish website Avrupa Postasi, is a vocal critic of Erdoğan, whom he protested by wearing a t-shirt inscribed with the slogan "Freedom for journalists in Turkey" during a press conference with Turkey’s strongman and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin last month. Yigit was escorted out of the conference by security.

The latest news on the TAZ contributor,  has been in Germany for 36 years, follows a notice he received on Friday that his residence permit had not been extended and he must leave Germany by January 22 or face deportation.  

A spokesperson for the Hamburg Central Foreigners Office on Monday announced  Yiğit would be given a residence permit for ‘’humane’’ reasons, Deutsche Welle said.

Turkey has more journalist behind bars than any other country, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

As of the beginning of October, Turkey delivered a list of 136 people it wants German authorities to extradite over suspected links to terrorist groups.

 Berlin has refused Ankara’s extradition requests since the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.