Erdogan said the charges stemmed from intelligence gathered by police. We said that it was not necessary to hold it in Hamburg, we could do it in some other place but they did not allow it.
Ankara has effectively ostracized Germany and other European Union member states, which decry the developments over the past year as reason enough to halt talks on its decades-old application to join the 28-member bloc. "We are relaxed", added the Turkish President, noting that Turkey "is able to stand on two feet". "From now on, nothing will be the same as it was before July 15", he told the audience.
Betul Sayan Kaya was also critical of the western media over what she said was a prejudiced manner in which they reported on human rights and democracy in Turkey.
The suit against Erdogan is the first of its kind to be filed against a head of state in Sweden.
FETÖ is accused of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.
Erdogan said the BBC's claims were "lies", despite the fact that 775 Turkish journalists have had their press card status removed in the past year.
"The hierarchy between the civilian authorities and military has been redefined, to assure the full control of the civilian over the military", Celik said.
"There can be no question of lifting emergency rule with all this happening", Mr. Erdogan said in a speech to investors in Ankara as the arrests were being carried out. After the threats against the state go away and the fight against terrorism is over, the state of emergency will be canceled.
While many are linked to publications that were owned and operated by the Fethullah Gulen movement in the past, the number of jailed journalists also include various pro-Kurdish writers and 12 staff from the staunchly secular Cumhuriyet newspaper.