ISTANBUL – Germany's Deutsche Welle is accusing Turkey of "blatant violation of press freedom," saying Turkish authorities confiscated video footage of its interview with the country's youth and sports minister.
The state broadcaster said Tuesday that ministry employees seized the footage after a spokesman for Minister Akif Kilic said it wouldn't be allowed to air the interview dealing with the failed July 15 coup and its aftermath.
Deutsche Welle Director General Peter Limbourg called the action "an act of the Turkish regime's coercion."
A Turkish ministry official said Deutsche Welle handed the footage over after heeding a request not to air the interview because the host used "expressions and accusations that went beyond their purpose." The official spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity in line with government rules.