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130 Media Outlets Shut Down In Turkey After A Failed Military Coup

Turkey has reportedly announced the closing down of media outlets in response to the military coup that failed in Turkey's official Resmi Gazete.. According to CNN Turk, around 130 media outlets have been shut down by Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government. The shut down list includes 45 newspapers, 16 television stations, 23 radio stations, 15 magazines and 3 news agencies. These agencies have been linked to Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric accused of being in arrears of the futile uprising.

Some of the names that have been targeted in the closure are Cihan, one of the Turkey’s largest news agencies, T.V channels: Kanalturk, Samanyolu, Samanyolu News, Bugun TV, Yumurcak; radio channels: Aktuel, Burc, Dunya; national papers: Zaman, Today's Zaman, opposition daily Taraf, Bugun, Meydan and magazines: Aksiyon, Sizinti, Nokta all of which have been linked to Gulen movement.

There have been reports of emancipation of manpower that have been linked to the cleric behind the coup. At least 1700 military officers have been suspended and confinement warrants have been issued to 47 former executives and senior journalists of the Turkeys Zaman newspaper. Around 16000 people are under arrest for probable questioning over links with Fethullah Gulen. This has been done in the wake of the three month state of emergency that had been declared earlier in the country. This allows the country to bypass parliament while passing laws in the country.

The US based cleric is close to a number of organizations in the country and has a great hold on people.

There are innocent people who have been targeted and detained amidst the coup hearings. Reports have speculated that the detained people have been tortured at some places. Turkey is undergoing a watch under the emergency declared and Gulen supporters are being apprehended for questioning. Even the journalists that are not linked to the movement are been arrested. That has created a sense of conformity in the press.

President Erdogan has reportedly vowed to clean off the bodies from the ‘virus’ pertaining to the rising caused by Gulen and his supporters.