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Turkey detains Dutch journalist on alleged terror propaganda

Dutch journalist detained in Turkey for alleged terrorist propaganda

Turkey detains Dutch journalist on alleged terror propaganda

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's state-run news agency says police have detained a Dutch journalist for questioning on suspicion that she engaged in Kurdish rebel propaganda.

Anadolu Agency said freelance journalist Frederike Geerdink was detained on Monday in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir where she is based. Police there refused comment but Geerdink tweeted earlier that her house was searched by eight terrorism police and that she was being taken to a police station on charges of "propaganda for a terrorist organization."

Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders, who is visiting Ankara, said via Twitter that he would raise Geerdink's detention during talks with his Turkish counterpart.

News of her detention came as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan renewed a claim that Turkish media were among the freest in the world.

Updated : 2021-09-23 11:34 GMT+08:00