Freed German-Turkish journalist says Ankara held him ‘hostage’

German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel is pictured in front of his home after he was released from prison in Istanbul, Turkey, Feb. 16, 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 17 February 2018

Freed German-Turkish journalist says Ankara held him ‘hostage’

BERLIN: A German-Turkish journalist who was freed in Turkey after spending more than a year in jail without trial said he was held “hostage” by Ankara and that other journalists are still stuck in Turkish prisons just “for doing their job.”
Deniz Yucel, 44, the Turkey-based correspondent of Die Welt newspaper, landed in Berlin on Friday night hours after being released from a high security prison in Istanbul.
In a video posted on social media during the night Yucel said: “The funny thing is that I still do not know why I was jailed for a year, why I was held hostage for a year.”
Yucel, who has both German and Turkish citizenship, had been accused of writing propaganda in support of terrorism.
He is among more than 100 journalists and writers to be detained in Turkey since the failed July 2016 coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
On Friday, prosecutors presented an indictment seeking up to 18 years in jail for Yucel on charges of “making terror propaganda” and “inciting public hatred and hostility,” but he left the country.
In the video, Yucel also highlighted the plight of other journalists jailed in Turkey, saying they had “done nothing but their job.”
On Friday, an Istanbul court also jailed three prominent Turkish journalists for life on charges of links to the group blamed for the failed coup.
Amnesty International said their sentencing had “drained the joy from celebrations” over Yucel’s release.
“I do not know why I was released today,” said Yucel in the video. “Of course I rejoice (my freedom) but there is a bitter aftertaste.”
Yucel’s surprise release may help repair severely-eroded ties between Ankara and Berlin.
However a number of German citizens or dual nationals — who are seen by Berlin as political hostages — remain in Turkish prisons, among the more than 55,000 people arrested since the failed coup.

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank awards media duties to Carat

Updated 28 October 2020

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank awards media duties to Carat

  • Carat’s approach will both complement our in-house digital marketing

DUBAI: Carat MENA has been awarded the offline media responsibilities for Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB), a leading regional Islamic financial services group that serves more than a million customers through a distribution network in the UAE, Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Sudan and the UK.

The agency’s strength in strategic planning across media touchpoints and a data-driven, consumer-centric mindset provided by M1, Dentsu’s proprietary research tool, were said to be critical factors in the decision to select it for the role.

“This is a pivotal time for ADIB as we accelerate our evolution in becoming a market-leading digital bank by challenging old ways of doing things and pioneering the new,” said Inas Abou Salem, the bank’s global head of marketing, communications and branding.

“Carat’s approach will both complement our in-house digital marketing, while driving our offline media with the data-driven approach and strategic vision needed to drive consistent value for our customers.”

Ramzy Abouchacra, the CEO of Carat MENA, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with ADIB, integrating the best of our agency capabilities to support their digital transformation.

“Their ambition to innovate banking in the Middle East is exciting and clearly aligned with our ambition to redefine the role that media plays in driving transformative growth.”