Dutch journalist to be tried in Turkey on 'terror propaganda' charges

February 2, 2015 22:53

ANKARA - A Turkish court will try Dutch journalist on charges she disseminated "terrorist propaganda", a move that is likely to deepen Western fears over press freedom in the NATO member state.

The indictment accuses freelance journalist Frederike Geerdink of posting messages on Facebook and Twitter in favour of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), she told Reuters by telephone. She denied the charges.

If found guilty, Geerdink faces up to five years in prison.

"I am constantly thinking about how to do my job as a journalist and ... always make conscientious choices and choose my words carefully," Geerdink said.

While Kurdish and Turkish journalists are often targeted by prosecutors, Geerdink's indictment is a rare instance of a foreign journalist being pursued on criminal charges in Turkey.

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