A Dutch journalist was arrested early Sunday at her home in Turkey for tweets deemed critical of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to her Twitter account.

“Police at the door. No joke,” wrote Ebru Umar, a well-known atheist and feminist journalist of Turkish origin.

Umar recently wrote a piece critical of Erdogan for the Dutch daily Metro, extracts of which she then tweeted, leading to her arrest.

“I’m not free, we’re going to the hospital” for a medical examination before being taken to face prosecutors, she said in a second tweet as she left her home in Kusadasi, a resort town in western Turkey.

The Dutch foreign ministry said in a tweet that it was in “close contact with” Umar and “local authorities” and the Dutch embassy in Istanbul was “actively engaged” in the case, which had its “full attention”.

Umar, who reportedly became a journalist under the influence of Theo van Gogh — a Dutch filmmaker later murdered for making a controversial film about Islamic culture — had written in the Metro about a diplomatic spat between Turkey and the Netherlands.

A political storm erupted this week over reports an email sent by the Turkish consulate to Turkish organisations in the Netherlands asked people to forward emails and social media posts which insult Erdogan or Turkey.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said he would ask Ankara to clarify the call, saying it was not clear what the Turkish government aims to achieve.

The Turkish consulate for its part said the note was sent by a consular official who used an “unfortunate choice of words” that was misinterpreted.

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The case followed outrage in Germany after the government there gave a green light for authorities to begin criminal proceedings against popular comic Jan Boehmermann for performing a satirical poem about Erdogan.

Trials in Turkey for insulting Erdogan have multiplied since his election to the presidency in August 2014, with nearly 2,000 such cases currently open.
AFP

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Kristjan Murmur
Kristjan Murmur
2016-04-24 14:36

she dosent look like dutch

Mehmet Ahfat
Mehmet Ahfat
2016-04-24 14:59

If you could read, you would’ve known that she is of Turkish origin.

Sliani Khalid
Sliani Khalid
2016-04-24 15:20

She is of Turkish descendant but was born and raised in the Netherlands..

seyyidhanoğlu
seyyidhanoğlu
2016-04-24 14:31

why you lying? She’s arrested for te insult to turkish flag n prophet pbuh https://t.co/rrLzWfmuEw

Emre Taş
Emre Taş
2016-04-24 14:59

Turkey is not a syria russia or irian so dont afraid.

Sliani Khalid
Sliani Khalid
2016-04-24 15:20
Reply to  Emre Taş

Much worse, Turkey sponsors ISIS and Al Qaida and kills Kurds and put journalists in jail..

Emre Taş
Emre Taş
2016-04-24 15:22
Reply to  Emre Taş

No its should be your shias. They are natashas ramour

Kristjan Murmur
Kristjan Murmur
2016-04-24 15:55
Reply to  Emre Taş

good to see that russia help to kill sunni fanatics

Emre Taş
Emre Taş
2016-04-24 15:59
Reply to  Emre Taş

I think so shias not muslim. Their god can be Demon. But its not important they are just shia. If you happy while a muslim dying ..you must be shia or any s.o.b

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-04-27 05:15
Reply to  Emre Taş

Well, if you consider Q’ran says to read the Bible to find the proof that Q’ran is the word of God and Muhammad is his prophet, I promise you big big surprises and not just one if you read the Book! You may understand that Q’ran lied about Ïssa and Hy Trinity because, without these lies, you can’t consider anymore Muhammad as a prophet! Why? It’s easy! In Surat 4.171 and 5.116, Q’ran perverts the teachings of Jesus! It states that Trinity is a polytheist thing made from God, Ïssa and his mother Mary and that Ïssa puts himself and… Read more »

Sliani Khalid
Sliani Khalid
2016-04-24 17:37
Reply to  Emre Taş

Ah so now the ‘shias’ did it..parroting the sectarian muslimbrother ideology of Erdogan…also called Al Qaida and ISIS-ideology

Emre Taş
Emre Taş
2016-04-24 17:54
Reply to  Emre Taş

There is a son of b***h in syria. Named esad do you know. And who is his dog your lovely terorists hizbulllak.

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-04-27 04:08
Reply to  Emre Taş

Unhappily, there are NO good guys in all this affair… But until some assholes armed the main opposition force which is nothing else than the Muslim Brotherhood, although I don’t like how Assad ruled his country, the country was in peace, 270,000 ppl didn’t died, million’s hadn’t to move from their homes to flee shels, bombs or stone-age’s sharia stupid law and bearded fanatical a*s holes that’ll cut your hands, feet or head, burn you alive, throw you from a high building for stupid zealot reasons while forcing you to live like illeterate bedouins did 1400 years ago… The truth… Read more »

Andrés Rodríguez
Andrés Rodríguez
2016-04-24 15:29

Erdogán, el que bombardea al pueblo kurdo, el que trafica con el ISIS, el cómplice de los judíos en la masacre libia.

Lucia Sol
Lucia Sol
2016-04-24 20:19

!!!

Saša Mavrak
Saša Mavrak
2016-04-24 20:25

Woman with b***s as big as the Moon:-*
When men keep shush..then it’s up to women to lead the charge.
Amazonian real heroine

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-04-27 04:13
Reply to  Saša Mavrak

And kurdish girls with guns are much more my kind of women than ISIS girls with niqab 😉

mijn wraak zoet zijn
mijn wraak zoet zijn
2016-04-25 05:21

dictator erdogan and his horny goats should waytch their steps every tiran will fall

El Cid Asaei
El Cid Asaei
2016-04-25 08:19

Turdogan, Erdogoat, same s**t, different nicknames 😉