Turkey refuses accreditation renewal for senior German reporters

The decision to ban two senior journalists prompts protests from Berlin, which says the move is ‘incomprehensible’.

ZDF correspondent Jörg Brase

(Al Jazeera News) – Turkey has refused to renew the accreditation of two long-serving German journalists working in the country, triggering protests from Berlin, which said the decision was “incomprehensible”.

Jorg Brase, the Istanbul bureau chief for ZDF public television, and Thomas Seibert, who writes for the newspaper Tagesspiegel, have had their applications for press cards rejected by the Turkish government on Friday.

Senior German foreign ministry official Andreas Michaelis called Turkey’s ambassador to Germany to protest the decision and asked Ankara to reconsider, the ministry said.

“The decision is incomprehensible,” said ministry spokesperson Maria Adebahr.

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