Officers from the Federal Police of Germany (Bundespolizei – BPOL) have paid visits to several Turkish journalists living in Germany over the discovery of an alleged “hit list” of 55 Turkish journalists who are critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) government.

According to a report the Deutsche Welle news portal,  among the journalists visited by the German police are Celal Başlangıç, the editor-in-chief of Artı Gerçek news website; Can Dündar, the former editor-in-chief of the critical Cumhuriyet daily; Cevheri Güven, editor in chief of the Turkish Minute news portal.

The officers reportedly told Başlangıç that they were concerned about the discovery of a hit list of the critical Turkish journalists and thus further security measures must be taken into consideration.

“The German police told me that a hit list had the names of 55 journalists, including me. An investigation is underway.. It looks like the German police take the case seriously,” Başlangıç told the media.

Following the report, a Twitter account named Vartolu posted a full list of the names of the journalists who are included in the alleged “hit list.” Turkey Purge editors, however, could not assess the validity of the allegation.