Turkey Issues Arrest Warrants for Dozens More Journalists

A police special forces member stands guard on a street in Istanbul, Turkey, July 18, 2016.
A police special forces member stands guard on a street in Istanbul, Turkey, July 18, 2016.

(VOA NEWS) – Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants for dozens more journalists allegedly affiliated with the U.S.-based Muslim cleric the government claims was the mastermind of a failed coup earlier this month.

At least one journalist was detained Wednesday, and arrest warrants were issued for 47 former members of the editorial staff of Zaman, Turkey’s largest newspaper. In March, a Turkish court placed the paper under state control and police raided its offices shortly after.

The paper was closely connected with U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen’s religious movement. Since being taken over by the state, the newspaper has taken a strongly pro-government stance in its reporting.

Culled from the VOA Online News

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