Turkey: Journalist Detained for ‘Insulting’ Erdogan
In Turkey, a Dutch-Turkish journalist has been arrested after posting the tweets that is critical of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told her newspaper.
Ebru Umar had written a column for Dutch Metro newspaper criticizing the Turkish President’s clampdown on dissent.
The prosecutor, since 2014 have hurled cases against over 1,800 journalists for insulting Mr. Erdogan.
Germany, last week permitted the prosecution of the prominent TV satirist for insulting Mr. Erdogan to proceed.
Jan Boehmermann had recited a crude poem on Television that was aimed at testing the German law.
Germany & Netherlands have old lese-majeste laws against offending the head of friendly state. Both govts., said that they’ll change their laws so that the lese-majeste is no longer an offence.
Ms. Umar was in the southern Turkey on holiday when she was arrested. On Saturday night, she again tweeted that the police was at her door.
She was taken to neighboring resort of Kusadasi for the interrogation & she was later released however was not permitted to leave Turkey.
Turkish consulate in Rotterdam, last week had urged the Turks in Netherlands to report the insults to Turkey or its president.
The consulate then withdrew its call after Dutch MPs and PM Mark Rutte criticized it.
Mr Rutte said that he’d been in touch with Ms. Umar since her arrest.
Ms. Umar was arrested as the German Chancellor Angela Merkel & a European Union delegation were in Turkey for the talks about application of deal on migration.
Under the agreement, Turkey’ll take back the migrants who’ve crossed illegitimately into EU. In return, EU will liberalize the visa rules for the Turkish nationals.