- Title: German President meets former editor-in-chief of Cumhurryiet
- Date: 7th November 2016
- Summary: BERLIN, GERMANY (NOVEMBER 6, 2016) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** EXTERIOR 'BELLEVUE', OFFICIAL RESIDENCE OF GERMAN PRESIDENT GERMAN FLAG GERMAN PRESIDENT JOACHIM GAUCK AND HIS PARTNER DANIELA SCHADT ARRIVING, SHAKING HANDS WITH FORMER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF CUMHURRYIET, CAN DUNDAR VARIOUS OF SCHADT, DUNDAR AND GAUCK POSING FOR PICTURES DUNDAR GIVING GAUCK COPY OF HIS BOOK 'LIFELONG FOR THE TRUTH' SCHADT, DUNDAR AND GAUCK LEAVING
- Embargoed: 22nd November 2016 14:18
- Keywords: Joachim Gauck Can Dundar Cumhuriyet
- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY
- City: BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA00157G31VR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:German President Joachim Gauck received Turkish journalist and the former editor-in-chief of Cumhurryiet, Can Dundar, in Berlin on Monday (November 6), only days after Turkish authorities arrested the leaders of the country's main pro-Kurdish opposition party in a terrorism probe.
Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, co-leaders of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), were jailed pending trial after being held in overnight raids, Turkish officials said. Ten other HDP lawmakers were also detained, although some were later released.
The arrest of elected members of parliament's third largest party, and the detention or suspension of more than 110,000 officials since a failed coup in July, may "go beyond what is permissible", the U.N. human rights office said.
Germany and Denmark summoned Turkish diplomats over the Kurdish detentions, while European Parliament President Martin Schulz said the actions "call into question the basis for the sustainable relationship between the EU and Turkey".
Dundar himself fled Turkey to avoid his own arrest warrant after he was jailed for publishing state secrets involving Turkey's support for Syrian rebels.
Some 170 newspapers, magazines, TV stations and news agencies have been closed so far, leaving 2,500 journalists unemployed, Turkey's journalists' association said.
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