Frederike Geerdink, the only foreign journalist based in Diyarbakır and known for her comprehensive research and articles on the Kurdish issue, was detained today by an Anti-Terror Squad that raided her home. Geerdink was later released after providing a statement.
Geerdink had been detained following a raid on her home by an 8-man Anti-Terror Team.
Tahir Elçi, President of the Diyarbakır Bar Association, announced that Geerdink had been “detained because of her tweets”.
Writing on twitter, Elçi said, “Dutch journalist Frederike has been detained on charges of ‘organizational propaganda’ because of her comments on Twitter”.
This is how Geerdink announced the raid on her home and her detainment on twitter:
Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders, who was in Turkey for an official visit while Geerdink was detained, had also taken to twitter to comment: “Shocked by arrest of Frederike Geerdink. Will personally discuss this here with my Turkish colleague Çavuşoğlu.”
Geerdink announced the raid on her home and her detainment on twitter:
terrorism police just searched my house, team of 8 guys. they take me to the station now. charge: 'propaganda for terrorist organization'— Frederike Geerdink (@fgeerdink) 6 Ocak 2015