Detention warrants issued for 35 journalists

Detention warrants issued for 35 journalists

Turkish authorities have issued detention warrants for 35 journalists in İstanbul.

Turkish authorities have issued detention warrants for 35 journalists and media employees who allegedly used ByLock, an encrypted messaging application for communication of FETÖ members.

Among the detainees were Burak Ekici, a journalist working for the Turkish opposition Birgun newspaper, former reporter from shut-down Zaman and Cihan Muhsin Pilgir, İHA’s intelligence director Ömer Faruk Aydemir and, former news director of shut-down Samanyolu TV Cüneyt Seza Özkan.

About a dozen journalists from the opposition daily Cumhuriyet are currently in prison on suspicion of supporting Gulen, facing jail terms of up to 43 years if convicted.

In addition to the crackdown on the media, Turkey has also suspended or dismissed more than 150,000 judges, policemen, teachers, and civil servants and has arrested nearly 50,000 others. (EVRENSEL DAILY)

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