ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey's state-run news agency says a Dutch journalist who was detained last week in a mainly Kurdish town along with a group of peace activists, faces deportation from Turkey.
Frederike Geerdink was taken into custody Sunday in the town of Yuksekova with a group of "human shield" protesters attempting to stop violence between Turkey's security forces and the Kurdish rebels.
Anadolu Agency said Wednesday Geerdink has been released but now faces deportation.
She would be the third foreign journalist to be deported after reporting from Turkey's Kurdish regions this month. Two British Vice News journalists who were jailed on terror-related charges were expelled last week. Their Turkey-based assistant, Mohammed Ismael Rasool, remains jailed.
Media freedom advocates have criticized Turkey's crackdown on journalists and are calling for Rasool's release.