Dutch journalist, deported from Turkey, returns home

AP News
Posted: Sep 10, 2015 5:11 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Dutch journalist has confirmed she has been expelled from Turkey, becoming the third foreign journalist to be deported after reporting from the country's mainly Kurdish southeast.

Frederike Geerdink was detained last week in the town of Yuksekova with a group of "human shield" protesters attempting to stop violence between Turkey's security forces and the Kurdish rebels.

In an email to colleagues Thursday, Geerkink said: "I am back in the Netherlands now and I so don't want to be here." It was not clear when she would be allowed back in Turkey.

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Two British Vice News journalists who were jailed on terror-related charges were also expelled last week. Their Turkey-based assistant, Mohammed Ismael Rasool, remains jailed.

Rights advocates have criticized Turkey's crackdown on journalists and are calling for Rasool's release.