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    Dutch journalist of Turkish descent Ebru Umar, detained over critical tweets about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was freed the Turkish authorities, according to the Dutch Foreign Ministry.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Turkish authorities freed a Dutch columnist of Turkish descent, detained late on Saturday over critical tweets about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Dutch Foreign Ministry announced.

    Turkish police arrived to journalist Ebru Umar’s home in Kusadasi, a resort town on Turkey's Aegean coast, and brought her to a police department. The journalist has recently written a very critical review of Erdogan’s activity and policy for the Dutch Metro daily and tweeted some of the article’s excerpts.

    "Freedom of expression is of the essence. Relieved that @umarebru is no longer in custody. @DutchMFA continues to assist," the ministry cited Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders as saying.

    ​Erdogan has been slammed for cracking down on his critics for a long time. Since becoming a president in August 2014, he has filed over 1,800 criminal cases against Turks for insulting him, according to the Turkish Justice Ministry.

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