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Turkey: arrest warrants against 35 media workers accused of links with Gülen

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – OZAN KOSE – | An Istanbul prosecutor’s office on Thursday issued arrest warrants against 35 people in connection with an investigation into the links between the media and the networks of preacher Fethullah Gülen, accused by Ankara of having fomented the July 2016 coup putsch

An Istanbul prosecutor’s office on Thursday issued arrest warrants against 35 people in connection with an investigation into the links between the media and the networks of preacher Fethullah Gülen, accused by Ankara of having fomented the July 2016 coup putsch , According to the pro-government agency Anadolu.

Nine people, including current and former national media collaborators, have already been arrested in the morning, Anadolu said, adding that the wanted people are being prosecuted for “belonging to a terrorist organization.”

Authorities suspect them of using the ByLock encrypted messaging application, which Ankara considers as the communication tool of the alleged coup plotters, the agency continues.

In the morning, the police carried out operations to arrest the remaining 26 persons.

Burak Ekici, one of the editors of the opposition daily Birgün, announced on Twitter early Thursday that he was arrested. On his website, Birgün added that his computer and his cell phone were seized.

Press freedom organizations have denounced regular attacks on the freedom of the Turkish authorities, particularly since the attempted coup.

Turkey ranks 155 out of 180 in Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF) free press rankings of 2017.

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