Germany Probes Alleged ‘Execution List’ of Turkish Journalists
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"The investigation will be deepened," Helmut Teichmann, undersecretary at German Federal Interior Ministry, said in response to a German MP's questions in the Bundestag, according to Deutsche Welle Turkish.
There have been increasing numbers of attacks by unknown assailants on Turkish independent journalists in recent months in Germany and other European countries.
Most recently, Turkish dissident journalist Erk Acarer was attacked in front of his house in Berlin and hospitalised on July 7.
Acarer said on Twitter that he knew the attackers and that they told him to cease his journalistic activities.
German police also warned Celal Baslangic, the editor-in-chief of Arti Tv and Arti Gercek, an independent media outlet headquartered in Cologne, that he is at risk of assassination.
Baslangic said that two police officers visited him at his house and confirmed the existence of an "assassination list" of journalistic critics of Turkish strongman Erdogan.
The German Federation of Journalists, DJV also said that according to its sources inside the German police, there is an execution list targeting 55 Turkish journalists.
"There are a series of threats and attacks against exiled journalists from Turkey living in Germany," DJV chair Frank Uberall said in a written statement on Saturday.
He urged German Foreign Minister to summon Turkey's envoy in Berlin and "make it unmistakably clear to the ambassador that these were unacceptable crimes".
There has been no official response to the allegations from Turkey so far.
Germany has become home to many critical Turkish journalists since Erdogan intensified his crackdown on his opponents in the wake of a failed coup attempt...