Erdogan goes after journalists
TURKISH authorities issued arrest warrants for more than 40 journalists in a new phase of the controversial legal crackdown after the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, sparking fresh alarm over the scope of the detentions.
With Mr Erdogan seeking to rally national cross-party support for his rule 10 days after defeating the attempted putsch, he hosted two top opposition leaders for an unprecedented meeting at his presidential palace on July 25, resulting in signs of agreement to work together on a new constitution.
More than 13,000 people have been detained so far in a vast sweep in the wake of the July 15 military coup bid, which the authorities blame on the reclusive United States-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen.
The crackdown has raised tensions with the European Union, further hampering Ankara’s stalled membership bid, while a potential diplomatic crisis with Washington is looming if the United States refuses to extradite Mr Gulen to Turkey, a fellow NATO member.
Anti-terror prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 42 journalists as part of the coup investigation.
Among those arrested was prominent journalist Nazli Ilicak, who was fired from the pro-government Sabah daily in 2013 for criticising ministers caught up in a corruption scandal.
She was detained yesterday and scheduled to appear in court later.
Five people have been detained so far although 11 of the suspects are believed to already be outside the country, the Dogan news agency reported.
Other prominent journalists hit with warrants include the commentator Bulent Mumay and the news editor of Fox TV in Turkey, Ercan Gun. –
Supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdoga wave Turkish flags as they gather during a rally against the military coup at Kizilay Square in Ankara.