Coup at­tempt: Over 130 me­dia out­lets shut

Daily Trust - - DIGEST -

The Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties have an­nounced the clo­sure of 131 me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions, as a crack­down con­tin­ues fol­low­ing the failed coup on 15 July.

Three news agen­cies, 16 TV chan­nels, 23 ra­dio sta­tions, 45 pa­pers, 15 mag­a­zines and 29 pub­lish­ers will be shut.

One of them, Za­man, once one of Turkey’s biggest news­pa­pers, was put un­der state con­trol in March. Ar­rest war­rants have been is­sued for 47 staff.

Many of the me­dia out­lets are linked to the US-based cleric Fe­tul­lah Gulen

The govern­ment says Mr Gulen was be­hind the armyled at­tempted coup, a claim he de­nies.

Sep­a­rately, the govern­ment an­nounced on Wed­nes­day that nearly 1,700 mem­bers of the armed forces, in­clud­ing 149 gen­er­als and ad­mi­rals had been dis­charged.

At least 246 peo­ple died dur­ing the coup, and more than 2,000 peo­ple were in­jured.

Both the clo­sure of the me­dia out­lets and the sol­diers’ dis­missal were an­nounced in Turkey’s of­fi­cial Resmi Gazete.

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