Federal Police of Germany (Bundespolizei – BPOL) on July 16 warned of possible “assassination threats” against a total of 55 Turkish journalists who has fled Turkey to avoid prosecution due to their critical stance against the Erdogan government, the ArtıGerçek news portal reported.

According to the news portal, German police has recently paid a visit to the editor-in-chief of Artı Gerçek news website, Celal Başlangıç, in Cologne, western Germany in order to warn him that his life was in danger. The officers reportedly told Başlangıç that there was a hit list of 55 Turkish journalists who reside in various countries that are critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) government.

“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 Artı Gerçek.

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.