Turkish court acquits Dutch journalist Fréderike Geerdink of terror charges

A Turkish court has acquitted Dutch journalist Fréderike Geerdink of terror charges, Medya News website reported on Wednesday, ending a six year legal battle for the author specialising in Kurdish issues.

Geerdink, who reported from Turkey for almost a decade with a focus on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), told Medya News that she was acquitted by an Ankara court on charges of “conducting propaganda for a terrorist organisation”. 

The Dutch journalist, who for years was the only foreign member of the press reporting out of Turkey’s Kurdish majority southeast, was detained in Turkey in January 2015 and stood trial in April 2015 before being expelled from the country in September of the same year.

Netherlands-based Geerdink, who continues to travel and report from the Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq, remains in a legal battle to annul her continuing ban from Turkey, Medya News said.

The PKK is an armed group that has been at war in Turkey for Kurdish self-rule for four decades. The Turkish government has led a decades-long crackdown against individuals it maintains either sympathise or act in the interest of the outlawed group, designated a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union.

Geerdink, also an Ahval contributor, has written several books about Kurdish issues in Turkey and Iraq.

This block is broken or missing. You may be missing content or you might need to enable the original module.