The editor-in-chief and several reporters from the "Cumhuriyet" daily have been arrested, but Turkey's last remaining opposition newspaper is standing fast. Following the arrests, it ran the headline: "We're not giving up."
Turkey's prime minister and president have expressed outrage that two government critics were freed by the Constitutional Court. A lower court has refused to release the pair.
The release of the German citizen appears to be a sign from Ankara that it wants a thaw in relations with Germany. Relations frayed over the past year as Turkey jailed more than 50,000 in the aftermath of a failed coup.
The tightened security is a response to last New Year's Eve when shortly after midnight an IS militant attacked a nightclub. The gunman opened fire on a club in Istanbul killing 39 revelers.
The German journalist has called on Berlin to "stand up for the victims of human rights violations" in Turkey. A court has blocked Tolu from leaving Turkey pending a trial over alleged membership in a terror group.
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