Turkey detains editor of opposition newspaper in latest post-coup crackdown

Published October 31st, 2016 - 09:00 GMT
 Turkish police detained the editor-in-chief of the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet in Istanbul and 13 arrest warrants have been issued for the daily's journalists and executives. (AFP/File)
Turkish police detained the editor-in-chief of the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet in Istanbul and 13 arrest warrants have been issued for the daily's journalists and executives. (AFP/File)

Turkish police on Monday detained the general director of Cumhuriyet newspaper, an independent media outlet, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported, amid a wider crackdown in the country following a coup attempt. 

On its website, Cumhuriyet confirmed editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu and a columnist for the paper Guray Oz had been detained, following raids on their homes.

Neither Cumhuriyet not Anadolu gave a reason for the arrests.

Cumhuriyet, a left-leaning, secular newspaper is staunchly critical of the ruling conservative Justice and Development Party (AKP). The outlet won this year's Right Livelihood Award, often referred to as the alternative Nobel prize. 

Its former editor-in-chief Can Dundar, who now lives in Germany, was sentenced to five years in jail earlier this year for publishing information on Turkish arms shipments to Syrian rebels. He was sentenced along with Erdem Gul, the paper's Ankara correspondent.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly denounced Dundar. 

Turkey is currently in a state of emergency following a coup attempt in July by a faction within the military. In recent months, dozens of media outlets have been shuttered. 

The closures have focused on outlets said to be affiliated with Fethullah Gulen, a US-based preacher the government blames for the coup attempt, and a large number of Kurdish media. 


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