Detention Warrants Issued In Turkey for 35 Media Employees as Erdogan’s Crackdown on Free Press Continues — All Using Encrypted Messaging App

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s state-run news agency says authorities have issued detention warrants for 35 journalists and media workers as part of the country’s ongoing crackdown on people suspected of ties to U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Anadolu Agency says police were on Thursday carrying out raids in Istanbul to detain the suspects who allegedly used an encrypted messaging app that authorities say was favored by Gulen’s followers to communicate with each other.

Those detained so far include Burak Ekici, a journalist working for the opposition Birgun newspaper, Anadolu said.

Turkey accuses Gulen of masterminding last year’s failed military coup. More than 50,000 have been arrested, most accused of links to the coup. More than 110,000 people have also been sacked from government jobs.

Gulen denies involvement in the coup.

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of August 6, 2017

By Özgür Öğret/CPJ Turkey Representative on August 9, 2017 11:23 AM ET

Journalist to file complaint against police
Onur Öncü, a reporter for the bilingual news website Ozguruz.org, which award-winning editor Can Dündar foundedfrom exile in Germany, will file a criminal complaint alleging he was struck by police while reporting on an August 6 protest march organized by the opposition People’s Democratic Party (HDP), the website reported on August 7. The pro-Kurdish news website Dihaber captured the incident on video.

[August 8, 2017]

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