The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled this Tuesday that the Turkish Government violated the Human Rights of the Turkish-German journalist Deniz Yucel, correspondent for the newspaper ‘Die Welt’, in the framework of his arrest for alleged terrorist activity and sedition.
In its sentence, the European court has indicated that the journalist’s rights to freedom of expression and security were violated by Ankara’s decision, which must now compensate Yucel with 13,300 euros.
The correspondent was imprisoned between February 2017 and February 2019 in Silivri High Security Prison, east of Istanbul, without charges being filed against him.
However, the sentence can be challenged within three months by the Turkish authorities. The case caused a diplomatic crisis between Berlin and Ankara, which after a long push and pull decided to release the journalist.
In July 2020, Yucel was sentenced ‘in absentia’ to two years and ten months in prison for allegedly spreading terrorist propaganda in favor of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which the government considers a terrorist group, as well as the movement led by exiled cleric Fetullah Gulen, whom Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames for the 2016 coup attempt.
The journalist has denied at all times the charges against him. From the organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) they also denounced that his arrest was part of Ankara’s strategy to imprison media professionals critical of the Erdogan government.