Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Critical Turkish columnist is expelled after 36 years in Germany
A critical Turkish columnist must leave Germany after 36 years. The man, Ertugrul Adil Yigit, says that the expulsion is the result of his protest at a press conference by German Chancellor Merkel and Turkish President Erdogan in September in Berlin.
Yigit is known for his critical approach to President Erdogan. He wore a T-shirt during the press conference with the text ‘Freedom for all journalists in Turkey.’ The action led to unrest and Yigit was dragged out of the room by security.
Problems with residence permit
Yigit says he has lived in Germany for 36 years. His residence permit has been extended several times, but last year there were problems with the extension. According to the columnist, the head of the immigration service in Hamburg promised him that these problems would be resolved. This weekend he has been told that he has until 22 January to leave Germany.
The German authorities say that Yigit is being deported because he has no paid job and because his children no longer live with him. The columnist himself is convinced that the decision has to do with his protest action. He is considering legal action.
A COURT in Turkey has sentenced a journalist working for Syria’s official news agency, SANA, to more than four years in prison for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but indeed exposing the Ankara government’s support for foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists operating inside Syria: here.