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Turkey Shuts Down 130 Media Outlets, Detains 47 Journalists

Turkey Shuts Down 130 Media Outlets, Detains 47 Journalists

All these people arrested and fired without any proof.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has shut down over 130 media outlets as he continues his crackdown on a failed coup two weeks ago.

Erdoğan believes Fethullah Gülen’s followers orchestrated a coup that failed miserably. Now anyone he suspects supports the scholar will lose their job or be detained without any proof.

The government shuttered “23 radio stations, three news agencies and 15 magazines.” They also detained 47 journalists from the now defunct Zaman newspaper. They shut down that paper in March which they viewed “as the Gulen movement’s flagship media organization. Reuters reported:

“The prosecutors aren’t interested in what individual columnists wrote or said,” said the official, who requested anonymity. “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.”

However, the list includes journalists, such as Sahin Alpay, known for their leftist activism who do not share the religious worldview of the Gulenist movement. This has fueled the concerns that the investigation may be turning into a witch-hunt of the president’s political opponents.

The media reported on Monday that arrest warrants had been issued for 42 other journalists, 16 of whom have so far been taken into custody.

Alpay is a former official of Turkey’s left-leaning, secularist main opposition CHP party. The Dogan news agency said police raided his home in Istanbul early on Wednesday and detained him after a 2-1/2-hour search of the property.

The government even tried to reach its tentacles into other nations! They demanded Kosovo “punish a prominent journalist over satirical comments he made abut the failed coup.” Minister of Foreign Affairs Enver Hoxhaj called the request “unacceptable:”

As the July 15 coup attempt unfolded in Turkey, Berat Buzhala, a popular Kosovo journalist wrote on Facebook: “I invite the citizens of the Republic of Kosovo who are holidaying in Turkey to align with the army.”

Buzhala, known for his satirical comments, said that “This is the most serious coup since the arrival of Facebook.”

The Facebook post was signed with an emoticon with a tongue protruding, indicating the comment was a joke.

Reporters Without Borders criticized the actions:

“Criticizing the government and working for media outlets that support the Gulen Movement do not constitute evidence of involvement in the failed coup,” said Johann Bihr, who heads the organization’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.

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NavyMustang | July 28, 2016 at 9:07 am

Obama must be soooo jealous.

VaGentleman | July 28, 2016 at 9:41 am

Our faux president supports a faux coup and freedom gets a 4 Q 2.

Say hello to the world’s newest oppressive Islamist regime! I hope anyone who wanted to visit Turkey already did so, because it’s over now.

American Human | July 28, 2016 at 11:38 am

I wonder if the “failed coup” was real in the first place.

It seems convenient that any and all voices for anything the least bit free and open are being squashed, detained, jailed, beaten, shut down, threatened, and just plain taken over.

It is interesting that Mr. Erdogan is being so ruthless and suspending anything remotely capable of exposing him being elected in his place.

I predict next all future elections will be suspended until ALL opposition has been rooted out and dealt with as the traitors they are.

The most compelling scene from that failed coup was the one where Erdogan said that the coup was a gift from God! Yep, and God helps those who help themselves, as Erdogan did.

Is it a tad too early to call him Sultan Erdogan I?

Also, were the body formerly known as the Turkish Army to re-assert itself, the outcome will be very bloody! Back in 1959, they deposed Mendes, who was then held on an island in the Sea of Marmara and then hung; otherwise kind of a mild coup as such.

Hillary must have a world class hard on.