Turkey

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE -

ISTANBUL: Turkey has or­dered the clo­sure of 20 tele­vi­sion and ra­dio sta­tions, in­clud­ing one that airs chil­dren’s pro­grammes, on charges they spread “ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda”, ad­ding to fears emer­gency rule is be­ing used to sti­fle the me­dia.

Pres­i­dent Tayyip Er­do­gan has said he wants a three­month state of emer­gency, im­posed after a failed coup at­tempt in July, to be pro­longed past Oc­to­ber so au­thor­i­ties can erad­i­cate the threat posed by a reli­gious move­ment blamed for the at­tempt, as well as Kur­dish mil­i­tants who have waged a 32-year in­sur­gency.

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