Home of Dutch journalist arrested in Turkey broken into

The Amsterdam flat of a Dutch journalist who was arrested at the weekend in Turkey was broken into Sunday night, Dutch police said Monday.

Ebru Umar, a columnist of Turkish origin, was arrested on the weekend and released on Sunday from custody. Her arrest was due to several tweets about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, she has said.

Umar, who isn't allowed to leave Turkey, sees a direct connection between the break-in at her home and her arrest, calling the act "pure intimidation and provocation" on the radio in the Netherlands.

"We're using all political pressure to get her out," Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said in The Hague.

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: Mon, 25/04/2016 - 18:56
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