Erdogan says Yucel was a PKK plant with German support


President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused an arrested newspaper reporter of being a “German agent.” Multiple German cities have banned rallies of support for Erdogan’s presidential referendum.

As the spat between Ankara and Berlin becomes increasingly angry, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Deniz Yucel, a Die Welt reporter with dual nationality, a “German agent” and a member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

“This person hid in the German embassy as a member of the PKK and a German agent for one month,” Erdogan told an awards ceremony in Istanbul on Friday.

Turkey has charged Yucel with propaganda in support of a terrorist organization. Authorities say he spread propaganda for both the banned PKK and the movement of exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Erdogan has accused of masterminding a military coup in July.

In September, Yucel reported on social media trolls in the service of Turkey’s government, based in part on emails published by WikiLeaks and the domestic group known as Red Hack. The emails, already publicly available, apparently came from the inbox of Erdogan’s son-in-law, Berat Albayrak, Turkey’s energy minister…

Read more : Deutsche Welle, 03.03.2017