Dutch journalist arrested in Turkey after tweeting about Erdogan

Turkish police have arrested a journalist from the Netherlands, the Dutch Foreign Ministry in The Hague said Sunday.

Ebru Umar, a columnist with Turkish origins, tweeted about her arrest at her home in the coastal town of Kusadasi late Saturday.

In an text message to the Dutch news website The Post Online, the journalist said she was taken into custody over "several tweets about Turkish President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan."

The Foreign Ministry said it was in close contact with local authorities.

Umar had recently voiced criticism about Erdogan in the daily Metro.

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: Sun, 24/04/2016 - 18:48

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