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Turkey to keep German journalist, Yucel, behind bars

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An appeal against the arrest warrant for German journalist, Deniz Yucel, has been rejected by a Turkish court, Yucel’s lawyer, Veysel Ok, said on Wednesday.

Yucel is a correspondent for Germany’s Die Welt newspaper, according to a News Agency of Nigeria report.

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Yucel’s reporting could not be interpreted as journalism or within the context of press freedom, the judge said in a document.

TheNewsGuru reports that more than two weeks ago, a magistrate in Istanbul ordered Yucel to be remanded in custody, after 13 days in police custody.

Pre-trial detention can last up to five years, before ending in release or a trial.

Yucel has been accused by Turkish authorities of spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization.

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