Germany to keep pressing Turkey on permits for reporters

March 11, 2019
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German broadcaster ZDF's Istanbul bureau chief Joerg Brase walks to a car on his way to the airport to leave the country, in Istanbul, Sunday, March 10, 2019. Brase and Thomas Seibert of Tagesspiegel were stripped of their press credentials to work in Turkey and had left the country. They have called the government's move an attempt to silence international media and German officials have criticised Turkey's refusal to renew their accreditations. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

BERLIN (AP) — The German government says it will continue to press Turkey to grant foreign reporters the necessary credentials to work in the country.

Two German journalists who were denied media credentials to work in Turkey were forced to leave the country Sunday, prompting protests from German officials.

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Monday that “for us the case of these two journalists who left doesn’t end with their departure. We will continue to represent their interests.”

Seibert urged the Turkish government to “find a swift solution for the German and European journalists who, as you know, are still waiting for news on whether their accreditation will be extended.”

Asked about the situation for Turkish reporters, Seibert said Germany is “very conscious of the difficult situation of free journalism in Turkey”

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