The German Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that it had summoned Turkish Ambassador Ahmet Bashar Shen and during the conversation strongly denied Ankara’s accusations of infringing on freedom of speech in connection with the recent searches of Turkish journalists.
“Today, the Turkish Ambassador was summoned and informed that the federal government strongly denies the allegations made by the Turkish government regarding freedom of speech and the press, as well as the justice system in Germany,” the German Foreign Ministry said on Twitter.
Last week, the German ambassador in Ankara was summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry in connection with the detention of representatives of the Turkish publication Sabah and searches in their places of residence. The journalists spent several hours at the police station, after which they were released.
Sabah journalists are suspected of revealing the personal details of German-based opposition leader Cevheri Güven, who Ankara believes is linked to the organization of Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, whom Turkey accuses of organizing an unsuccessful coup in 2016.