13 Sep 2016 Lvl. 2
Alert created on: 14 Sep 2015 n° 56/2015 Turkey

Dutch Journalist Frederike Geerdink Deported by Turkey

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
The Turkish authorities deported Frederike Geerdink, the Dutch correspondent based in Diyarbakır (Turkey), to Amsterdam on 10 September 2015 after her two day detention for reporting on a Kurdish group’s protest over violent incidents between the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants and the Turkish military. The Turkish authorities are accusing the Dutch reporter of “hindering a military operation and supporting a terrorist organisation”. Frederike Geerdink has been living in Turkey since 2006, based in Diyarbakır since 2012 where she reported on Turkish and Kurdish matters for Dutch and international media. She also wrote for the website Diken.com.tr, critical of the Turkish government.
13 Sep 2016: Ms Geerdink's lawyers appealed the deportation. Frederike Geerdink was deported from Turkey several months after her trial on terrorism charges. A separate case related to her terrorism charges is on the Platform. On 13 September 2016, the partner organisations of the Platform declared the deportation case to be "resolved”, keeping active the alert related to the charges for terrorism.   Platform alert on Frederike Geerdink`s terrorism charges
State replies
22 Oct 2015
Response of the Turkish Government (information provided by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Turkey)
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