Dutch journalist released after arrest over Erdogan tweets

A journalist from the Netherlands said she was released from Turkish custody on Sunday after she was arrested over tweets about the country's president.

Ebru Umar, a columnist with Turkish origins, tweeted about her arrest at her home in the coastal town of Kusadasi late Saturday.

In an text message to the Dutch news website The Post Online, the journalist said she was taken into custody over "several tweets about Turkish President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan."

Umar had recently voiced criticism about Erdogan in the daily Metro.

The Turkish government has drawn international criticism over a crackdown against critical domestic media outlets.

Earlier this year, the opposition newspaper Zaman was taken over by the Turkish government and later relaunched as a pro-government publication

Turkey is currently investigating 1,845 cases against people for insulting the president.

Last update: Sun, 24/04/2016 - 18:48
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