Frederike Geerdink, a Dutch correspondent based in Diyarbakir, Turkey, has been deported by Turkish authorities after being detained two days for reporting on a Kurdish group protesting clashes 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”.

Geerdink lived Turkey since 2006 and has been based in Diyarbakir since 2012 where she writes about Turkish and Kurdish matters for Dutch and international media as well as a critical Turkish online news media Diken.com.tr. In a recent interview, the deported journalist vows to return to Turkey “as soon as possible”.

Both the Dutch Association of Journalists (NVJ) and European Federation of Journalists have vigorously protested this attack on journalist's rights.

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