Turkey issues arrest warrants for 42 journalists after coup attempt

Published July 25th, 2016 - 09:02 GMT
People wave Turkish flags during a rally organized by the main opposition group, the secular and centre-left Republican People's Party (CHP), on July 24, 2016 in Istanbul's Taksim square. (AFP/Gurcan Ozturk)
People wave Turkish flags during a rally organized by the main opposition group, the secular and centre-left Republican People's Party (CHP), on July 24, 2016 in Istanbul's Taksim square. (AFP/Gurcan Ozturk)

Authorities in Turkey on Monday issued arrest warrants for 42 journalists in the newest phase of the ongoing crackdown after the failed coup, AFP reported.

Over 13,000 people have so far been detained in a vast purge of state institutions since July 15, including top military chiefs and judges.

Among the journalists targeted by the warrants were prominent journalist Nazil Ilicak who was fired from the pro-government newspaper Sabah in 2013 for criticizing ministers caught in a corruption scandal.

So far it appears none of the journalists on the list have yet been detained.

Turkey's government has been under scrutiny for some time over increasing press restrictions in the country. Prominent journalists have faced legal issues for "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while Can Dundar, another prominent journalist, stood trial for espionage for reporting on arms deals between Turkey and Syria.


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