Protestors demonstrate, calling for the freedom of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel, in the streets of Berlin, Germany, February 19, 2017. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt
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German officials say Mr Die Welt journalist Deniz Yucel is being freed from jail in Turkey after a year in detention accused of spreading propaganda.
His case was an irritant in German-Turkish relations, and on Thursday Chancellor Angela Merkel had pressed for his release.
Mr Yucel, 44, was arrested in Istanbul a year ago and accused of writing propaganda in support of terrorism.
Mr Yucel was arrested after reporting that the Turkish energy minister’s email account had been hacked. The journalist has both German and Turkish citizenship.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has confirmed that Mr. Yucel will now leave Turkey.
He is among more than 100 journalists and writers arrested in Turkey since the failed July 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


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