German Justice Minister Heiko Mass spoke to Can Dündar, editor-in-chief of özgürüz.org. Maas has recently been explaining the recent anti-democratic practices, violations of rights and the politics of press and freedom of expression in Turkey.
Speaking to Can Dündar, German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said, “The German government’s silence has already passed, we should now take a clear stance,” remarking the anti-democratic policy in Turkey. Maas also sent a message to President Erdogan about his visit to Germany, “If Erdogan will come to Germany and benefit from freedom of thought and expression here, he must first do it in his own country”.
“We must take a stand”
Underlining that they have made important statements about freedom of thought and press, especially as government officials against the worrisome situations in Turkey, Maas said, “These statements have become mandatory. First of all, be sure your colleague is that the federal government will defend freedom of opinion and freedom of expression against the Turkish authorities. The time for the German government to remain silent has already passed, and now we must take a clear stance “.
“If Turkey cannot provide the freedom of the press and the judiciary, which is at the head of democratic principles, Turkey will never be an EU member,” Maas said, referring to the EU membership of Turkey, and stressing that Turkey should lift the obstacles before democratic principles if Turkey wants to continue EU process.
“The charges are ridicules, we refuse them.”
Responding to the statements of the Turkish authorities “Germany supports terrorism”, Maas continued as follows: “The accusations against us in this matter are unacceptable and have no evidence. It is completely ridiculous and rejected that Turkey’s ‘Germany supports terrorism’. Apart from that, Germany did not give a positive response to Turkey on the return of refugees who took refuge in Germany. Because we cannot be sure that those to be extradited will be tried in Turkey and in justice and justice. For this reason, we do not think about sending it back. We are also making serious claims about the Spy Activities. The judicial process is continuing. If these espionage activities are proven, they are guilty. They are being investigated by the federal prosecutor and will be released when the time comes. “
“If you require freedom of expression you should start by your country.”
“If Erdogan will come to Germany and benefit from freedom of thought and expression here, he has to first do it in his own country, but it seems that he is doing the opposite,” he said, referring to Erdogan’s visit to Germany. “The arrest of the Deniz made it all the more difficult.”
Matt Ea Easton