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Former EP member and columnist Lagendijk denied entry to Turkey

Former European parliamentarian and journalist Joost Lagendijk tweeted that he was denied entry to Turkey on Sunday on the grounds that he needed to obtain a “special visa” from the Turkish Embassy in the Netherlands.

Turkish authorities stopped me on my return from Neth at Sabiha Gökcen airport. I am not allowed in. Send back to Neth on 8.30 flight. Need to apply for a special visa at Turk embassy in Neth. Hope it is only a bureaucratic obstacle and not a decision to block me forever,” Lagendijk said in subsequent tweets on Sunday.

Lagendijk was a columnist with Turkish dailies Zaman and Today’s Zaman, both of which were closed down under a state of emergency decree issued by the Turkish government after a coup attempt on July 15.

He was a former GreenLeft Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and served as joint chairman of the European Parliament Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee. In 2006 Lagendijk was married to Nevin Sungur, an award-winning journalist and reporter for the Turkish channel NTV.

 

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