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Dutch journalist arrested in Turkey for criticising Erdoğan

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A Dutch journalist was blocked from leaving Turkey on Sunday following her arrest on Saturday night for tweets deemed critical of the Turkish president,Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
“Police at the door. No joke,” wrote Ebru Umar on her Twitter account.

Umar, a well-known atheist and feminist journalist of Turkish origin, recently wrote a piece criticising Erdoğan for the Dutch daily Metro, extracts of which she then tweeted, leading to her arrest. After her arrest in the resort town of Kusadasi in western Turkey, where she was on holiday, Dutch officials said, she was brought before a judge.
She later said she was “free but forbidden to leave the country”.
Dutch blog Geenstijl said it received a message from Umar saying that she had been arrested after someone reported her tweets on a hotline set up by Turkish officials.


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Erdoğan the thug. Apparently he cant even take criticism on Twitter.
 

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What a dip****... the idea of western freedoms are hardly existent in Turkey. And Erdoğan has a relatively rich history of going after any and all criticism charging journalists with "establishing a terrorist group" among other things.

She should have made those comments *after* leaving Turkey.
 

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This could be Turkey's way of showing how they belong in the E.U. Europeans arrested Geert Wilders for stupid nebulous charges too.
 

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This could be Turkey's way of showing how they belong in the E.U. Europeans arrested Geert Wilders for stupid nebulous charges too.

If the EU is still at all considering this they all need their collective heads examined by professionals.
 

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Erdoğan the thug. Apparently he cant even take criticism on Twitter. [/FONT][/COLOR]

In Europe there are things you can go to jail for saying that are not so much different to insulting the head of state. It is only a matter of your opinion vs his, which phrase is enough nasty to warrant punishment. That is not to say that I think Erdogan a good president. He isn't. But in this case, he isn't so very removed from European practice and law.
 

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Stories like this are taken with glee by those arguing that Turkey will always be unfit to join the European Union. Laws against criticizing the country's leader is one the textbook hallmarks of what it means not to be a democracy.

German comedian Jan Böhmermann could face prison for 'smear poem' against Turkish President Erdogan

German politician arrested in Berlin for insulting Turkish president

Jokes About Erdogan Aren't Funny in Germany


Etc.


Americans often don't realize how actually unique and rare and wonderful our Free Speech protections are in this world. What we take for granted is not the common human experience.
 

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German comedian Jan Böhmermann could face prison for 'smear poem' against Turkish President Erdogan

German politician arrested in Berlin for insulting Turkish president

Jokes About Erdogan Aren't Funny in Germany


Etc.


Americans often don't realize how actually unique and rare and wonderful our Free Speech protections are in this world. What we take for granted is not the common human experience.

The Germans are throwing out their freedoms in order to win favour with Turkey. Turkey is the gateway for migrants to the EU, the Germans are trying to ensure that the Turks keep them in Turkey. I would personally start banning Turkey form having anything to do with the EU until they agree like permanently preventing them form ever having EU membership or deep trade treaties.
 

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German comedian Jan Böhmermann could face prison for 'smear poem' against Turkish President Erdogan

German politician arrested in Berlin for insulting Turkish president

Jokes About Erdogan Aren't Funny in Germany


Etc.


Americans often don't realize how actually unique and rare and wonderful our Free Speech protections are in this world. What we take for granted is not the common human experience.

Actually I am aware, as laws against hate speech in Europe tend to remind us on a regular basis. Australia bans books, which is anathema to Americans. However, I'll wait to see if the charges against the comedian go anywhere. Apparently even Merkel feels these laws are archaic and embarrassing.
 

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Erdoğan the thug. Apparently he cant even take criticism on Twitter. [/FONT][/COLOR]

That Erdogan is a professional scumbag. Finances, arms, trains and smuggles ISIS into Syria. Bought OIL from ISIS. Hampered attacks by Kurds against ISIS. Fer Krissakkesss, this guy is in NATO. He's the same scumbag that shot down the Russian jet. Kick him out of NATO. Take him to the Hague.
 

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That Erdogan is a professional scumbag. Finances, arms, trains and smuggles ISIS into Syria. Bought OIL from ISIS. Hampered attacks by Kurds against ISIS. Fer Krissakkesss, this guy is in NATO. He's the same scumbag that shot down the Russian jet. Kick him out of NATO. Take him to the Hague.



The laws in Turkey or Europe like in Germany have been there for a long time, any one who goes against the law can not complain about after breaking them.
 

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That Erdogan is a professional scumbag. Finances, arms, trains and smuggles ISIS into Syria. Bought OIL from ISIS. Hampered attacks by Kurds against ISIS. Fer Krissakkesss, this guy is in NATO. He's the same scumbag that shot down the Russian jet. Kick him out of NATO. Take him to the Hague.

I agree. His recklessness almost caused WWIII. Not only is that a war crime, it is a crime against humanity. Threatening humanity with the apocalypse just to hold onto your own authoritarian power is not only dangerous and scary, it is disgusting.
 
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