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Safety reasons : Turkey tells Dutch journalist

The Turkish authorities have detained a Dutch journalist, firmly and deported. As the reason for the expulsion of Ans Boersma, only "safety-related reasons had been", informed the newspaper "Het Financieele Dagblad"(FD) on Thursday. According to the government-critical Online portal Diken, Turkey also imposed an entry ban for a period of six years.

The communications Director of the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Fahrettin Altun, announced that the deportation had nothing to do with Boersmas journalistic work. Rather, Turkey had received information from the Dutch police that the journalist had Links to a "designated terrorist organization". A confirmation from the Dutch side it was first.

Boersma works as a freelance journalist for the economy, leaf FD. The police detained according to the newspaper, the 31-year-old Boersma on Wednesday at the immigration office in Istanbul in custody. On Thursday, she had to leave then. "And then one is at once in the plane back to the Netherlands," tweeted the journalist shortly before the departure to Amsterdam, "unwanted Person". A Turkish government representative, who wanted to remain anonymous, confirmed the expulsion. Journalists associations criticized the actions of the Turkish authorities to be sharp.

the immigration authority wanted to extend Boersma according to the FD your residence permit. The police have taken them but your not allowed in your apartment to return to. The night she had to spend in detention. The Dutch Consulate General and the Embassy were turned on, therefore, but could do nothing.

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Boersma had received, according to the newspaper only last week for the 2019 Turkish press card and a work permit. The press card is issued by the President's office in Ankara and has to be renewed every year.

FD-editor-in-chief Jan Bonjer spoke of a "blatant violation of the freedom of the press". The newspaper wants to legally proceed against the expulsion. The Dutch journalists ' Union called on the government in The Hague to Act. "This is the point of a new sad low and shows how hostile the situation is for journalists there," said the Secretary General of the Association, Thomas Bruning, on Thursday in Amsterdam. Foreign Minister Stef Blok had to insert a sharp Protest, and, if necessary, the Netherlands should suspend diplomatic relations with Turkey. Also, the Association of editors-in-chief called on the foreign Minister to respond.

The relations between the Netherlands and Turkey were long strained. Among other things, the dispute to an appearance caused a ban on Turkish Ministers in the Netherlands in the year 2017, for a scandal. Most recently, the two countries moved closer again.

The media in Turkey have long been under pressure. After the coup attempt of July 2016 President Recep Tayyip Erdogan media houses by decree to close. In addition, numerous journalists are in prison. In the ranking of press freedom, the Organisation reporters without borders, Turkey ranks 157 out of 180.

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in 2017, took in Turkey, President Erdogan had a number of German state took triggered citizens in Turkey to be in serious crisis between Berlin and Ankara. Including the German "Welt"-Reporter Deniz Yücel, sat for a year without charge or indictment, in an Istanbul prison, before he was allowed to leave the country to Germany. Also the German journalist Mesale Tolu was imprisoned in Turkey, but was allowed to leave the country in August. The processes against the two journalists for terror allegations go further. (dpa)

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