Turkey orders detention of 47 more journalists: government official

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Turkey orders detention of 47 more journalists

Turkish journalist Nazli Ilicak (C), also a well-known commentator and former parliamentarian, is escorted by a police officer (R) and her relatives (L and rear) after being detained and brought to a hospital for a medical check in Bodrum, Turkey, July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Kenan Gurbuz

Turkish journalist Nazli Ilicak (C), also a well-known commentator and former parliamentarian, is escorted by a police officer (R) and her relatives (L and rear) after being detained and brought to a hospital for a medical check in Bodrum, Turkey, July 26, 2016. Reuters/Kenan Gurbuz

Turkey ordered another 47 journalists detained on Wednesday, a government official said, part of a widening crackdown on supporters of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of masterminding a failed military coup.

“Today’s detentions cover executives and some staff including columnists of (the now defunct) Zaman newspaper, the Gulen movement’s flagship media organization,” the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters.

“The prosecutors aren’t interested in what individual columnists wrote or said. At this point, the reasoning is that prominent employees of Zaman are likely to have intimate knowledge of the Gulen network and as such could benefit the investigation.” [Read more…]

 

President Tayyip Erdogan more and more fears a free press. These actions against journalist are simply a continuing effort to intimidate individual journalists and the media at large…..Hank Kearney

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