Turkey is­sues war­rants for jour­nal­ists

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ANKARA, Turkey — Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties on Thurs­day is­sued de­ten­tion war­rants for 35 jour­nal­ists and me­dia work­ers as part of the coun­try’s on­go­ing crack­down on peo­ple sus­pected of ties to U.S.-based Mus­lim cleric Fethul­lah Gulen, the state-run news agency re­ported.

Turkey ac­cuses Gulen of mas­ter­mind­ing last year’s failed mil­i­tary coup. Gulen de­nies in­volve­ment.

Po­lice car­ried out raids in Is­tan­bul to de­tain the sus­pects who al­legedly used an en­crypted mes­sag­ing app that au­thor­i­ties say was fa­vored by Gulen’s fol­low­ers to com­mu­ni­cate with one an­other. Anadolu Agency said they are sus­pected of “mem­ber­ship in a ter­ror or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

Nine peo­ple have been de­tained so far, in­clud­ing Bu­rak Ekici, an editor for the op­po­si­tion Bir­gun newspaper, Anadolu said.

More than 50,000 peo­ple, in­clud­ing jour­nal­ists, have been ar­rested since Turkey em­barked on a wide scale crack­down in the af­ter­math of the July 15, 2016, coup at­tempt.

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