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Turkish-Dutch journalist detained over Erdogan tweet

Latest Update: April 24, 2016 | 154 Views
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ANKARA: A Dutch newspaper says one of its journalists has been detained in Turkey for questioning over a tweet she posted about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Metro newspaper says Turkish-Dutch columnist Ebru Umar was detained on Saturday. The journalist tweeted that police were at her door and that she was being taken to a police station in the resort of Kusadasi.

Dutch and Turkish officials couldn’t immediately be reached for a comment.

Turkish authorities have launched close to 2,000 lawsuits against people accused of insulting Erdogan.

Umar was detained as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and top EU officials were in Turkey to bolster a deal to stem the flow of migrants to Europe.

The EU leaders have been accused of not speaking out against Turkey’s crackdown on freedom of expression.

AP