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Mar 13 2019

After denial, German journalist receives Turkish press credentials

The Istanbul bureau chief of German public broadcaster ZDF received his Turkish media accreditation on Tuesday, two weeks after the government refused to renew his press card and those of two other German journalists, said ZDF.

In late February, Thomas Seibert, a reporter for Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel, Jörg Brase of ZDF and German radio reporter Halil Gülbeyaz, were denied press cards, which foreign journalists need to work in Turkey.

ZDF said on Tuesday that Brase had gotten his credentials and would return to Turkey to resume his work. He left Istanbul on Sunday with Siebert, holding a press conference before flying home to Germany.

“The Turkish government managed to more or less silence the national media,” Brase told reporters. “They are now trying to do it with the international media, and we should not submit to that.”

Reporters Without Borders placed Turkey 157th out of 180 countries on its World Press Freedom Index in 2018, down two places from the previous year, and called Turkey the “world’s biggest jailer of journalists” in its 2018 report.