Turkey deports Dutch journalist over terror group links

Turkey deports Dutch journalist over terror group links

Turkey deported a journalist Johanna Cornelia Boersma working for the largest Dutch financial newspaper, Het Financieele Dagblad, after it received information from Dutch police that she had links to a designated terrorist organization, Turkey's presidential communications director Fahrettin Altun said.

Dutch national police declined to comment. All Dutch authorities referred calls on the matter to the national prosecutor’s office where spokespeople were not immediately available.

Turkish officials initially said that Boersma’s deportation was not linked to her work as a journalist.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office then issued a statement that Turkish authorities had received Dutch police intelligence saying Boersma "had links to a designated terrorist organization (as well as) a request for information about her movements in and out of Turkey," Reuters reported.

Boersma, 31, began working as a correspondent in Turkey in 2017 and had previously been a journalism teacher.

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