Turkey de­tains edi­tor of op­po­si­tion news­pa­per

The Myanmar Times - - World -

TURK­ISH po­lice de­tained the ed­i­torin-chief of the op­po­si­tion news­pa­per Cumhuriyet, state me­dia re­ported yes­ter­day, while CNN Turk said 13 ar­rest war­rants were is­sued for jour­nal­ists and ex­ec­u­tives from the daily.

Mu­rat Sabuncu was de­tained while au­thor­i­ties searched for ex­ec­u­tive board chair Akin Ata­lay and writer Gu­ray Oz, the of­fi­cial news agency Anadolu said, adding that po­lice were search­ing the homes of the two men.

The lat­est de­ten­tions came as au­thor­i­ties pressed a mas­sive crack­down over a failed July bid by a rogue fac­tion of the mil­i­tary to oust Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan.

Tens of thou­sands of civil ser­vants have since been sus­pended, fired or de­tained, with the gov­ern­ment point­ing the fin­ger of blame for the coup bid at ex­iled Mus­lim preacher Fethul­lah Gulen.

The gov­ern­ment has also shut more than 100 me­dia out­lets and de­tained dozens of jour­nal­ists as it presses a purge that has come un­der fire by West­ern lead­ers and hu­man rights or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Mr Sabuncu’s ar­rest came as the gov­ern­ment fought an in­sur­gency from the out­lawed Kur­dis­tan Work­ers’ Party (PKK).

The gov­ern­ment’s op­er­a­tion against the Cumhuriyet daily was launched over its al­leged “ac­tiv­i­ties on be­half of” the Gulen move­ment and the PKK.

Cumhuriyet’s for­mer edi­tor-inchief is Can Dun­dar, who was sen­tenced in May by a Turk­ish court to five years and 10 months in prison for al­legedly re­veal­ing state se­crets.

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