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DW EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: WE MUST NOT FORGET OTHER JOURNALISTS WHO ARE STILL IN PRISON

Despite the celebrations over the release of German journalist Deniz Yücel, we must not forget that well over 100 journalists are still in prison in Turkey writes German newspaper Deutsche Welle’s editor-in-chief Ines Pohl. Pohl wrote  that “Despite all the joy and relief over his release, we must not forget one thing: there are still more than 100 journalists being held in detention in Turkey. The news about Deniz Yücel had just come out when Erdogan’s judges handed down life sentences for six other Turkish journalists. Deniz hadn’t even left prison yet. The fact that they are not German citizens plays an important role for Germany’s diplomats, but this does not mean civil society can give up. It was moving, perhaps even surprising, to see how many people campaigned over the last year for Deniz’s release. This fight must not end now that he is free. There are over 300 journalists in prisons around the world, some of whom are being tortured because they have promoted freedom of the press.”

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