German journalist arrested in Istanbul

German journalist arrested in Istanbul

Germany's Foreign Ministry is pushing for consular access to a German journalist arrested in Turkey, the Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said.

Mesale Tolu, a German citizen with Turkish roots, has been in custody for about two weeks but Germany wasn't officially informed of the arrest.

Germany's ARD television says the 33-year-old is apparently accused of spreading terrorist propaganda, a charge used to sweep up dozens of reporters in Turkey following last year's failed coup.

Schaefer says there are a half-dozen German citizens in custody, including German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel, Fox News reported.

A German consular official was allowed to visit Yucel, who is also a Turkish citizen. Schaefer says Tolu is believed to be solely a German citizen.

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