Exiled Turkish Journalist Attacked in Germany

Turkish journalist Erk Acarer, who has been living in exile in Germany since 2017, said he was attacked Wednesday night outside his apartment in Berlin by three men, telling him to stop his writing.

Acarer, who is critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, posted a photo of himself on Twitter showing his injuries and said he was attacked with “knives and fists.”

“I know the attackers. I will never surrender to fascism,” Acarer said on Twitter as he reported that he had some swelling on his head and was under observation at the hospital.

Berlin police have confirmed the attack and said that three people had attacked the journalist. 

“These men attacked him in the yard of a house; two allegedly punched and kicked him, while one secured this whole scene,” said Berlin police spokesperson Patricia Braemer.

Braemer also said that after preliminary investigation, Acarer’s work as a journalist could not be excluded as a motive for the assault. 

The 48-year-old was one of the journalists charged by Turkish authorities for allegedly violating intelligence laws and disclosing classified information.

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