Dutch Journalist Blames Turkey For Deportation From Iraqi Kurdistan

Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink said that she was briefly detained and deported from Iraq’s autonomous region of Kurdistan, and blamed Turkey for her expulsion.

Geerdink, who covers Kurdish and political issues in Turkey for Dutch media, said that she was on her way to Kobane, a Kurdish-majority town in Syria near the Turkish border, when she was detained and forcibly brought to Irbil airport.

“I am being deported from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. I almost crossed the border into northeast Syria,” Geerdink added.

Geerdink  blamed the Turkish leadership for her deportation due to her role in covering news about the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (KKP).

In 2015, Geerdink was arrested by Turkish police for allegedly “distributing terrorist propaganda” in favor of the PKK rebels.

In September of the same year, Geerdink was also arrested for covering clashes between the Turkish army and PKK rebels.

The Dutch Association of Journalists and the European Federation of Journalists condemned Geerdink’s expulsion, calling the action of the Turkish government “very alarming and contrary to international law.”

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