Worked since 2015 as a correspondent for the German media in Turkey. Because he reported on corruption and on the conflict with the Kurds, he was arrested on several occasions by the Turkish authorities.
was born in 1973 in Flörsheim am Main and has German and Turkish citizenship. He began studying political science at the Free University Berlin in 1996. From 1999, he worked as a freelance writer for media such as Tagesspiegel, taz, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Der Standard as well as German broadcasters BR, NDR and WDR. He was an editor at taz from 2007 until 2015. Since 2015, Deniz Yücel has been the Turkey correspondent at the WeltN24 group. His work has repeatedly brought him into conflict with the Turkish authorities. Yücel was arrested again on 25 December 2016. He has been accused of carrying out “propaganda for a terrorist organisation and inciting violence”: He had reported on hacked emails from the account of Berat Albayrak – the Turkish energy minister and son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – which suggested corruption. After an arrest warrant was issued, Yücel voluntarily gave himself up to the police in February 2017. In March 2017, a judge ordered that he be remanded in custody.
On 16 February, 2018, Yücel was released from custody after the public prosecutor had previously presented the indictment against him. Yücel was accused of "propaganda for a terrorist organization" and "inciting the Turkish people to hatred and hostility". After his release from prison, Deniz Yücel left for Germany immediately. On 16 July, 2020, the 32nd Grand Criminal Chamber in Istanbul sentenced Yücel in absentia to two years, nine months and 22 days in prison.
On 25 January, 2022, the European Court of Human Rights decided that Turkey must pay compensation of 13,300 euros for Deniz Yücel's imprisonment. However, the judgment is not yet final. The litigants can contest it within three months.