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Turkey shuts down 15 more media outlets; fires 10k civil servants

It has ordered the shutdown of 10 newspapers, two news agencies and three magazines, bringing the total number of media outlets closed since the failed military takeover to more than 160

Turkey has passed two emergency decrees shutting down 15 media outlets, including one of the world’s only women’s news agencies, over alleged links with “terrorist organisations”.

Over 10,000 civil servants were also dismissed over alleged links to the US-based cleric Fethullah Gülen, whom the government blames for the bloody coup attempt of 15 July.

Emergency decree 675 ordered the shutdown of 10 newspapers, two news agencies and three magazines, bringing the total number of media outlets closed since the failed military takeover to more than 160.

The police came around 4am on Sunday morning and sealed the office,” Beritan Canözer, a journalist in Diyarbakır for Jinha, the news agency staffed entirely by women, told The Guardian. “We have not received a court order. There have not been any official justifications for this measure. Nobody explained anything to us.”

Canözer, who was detained last December while reporting on a demonstration in Diyarbakır because police decided she looked “too excited”, underlined that the shutdown would not spell the end to Jinha’s work. “We will find other ways to inform the public,” she said. “We will continue to report … They cannot silence us.”

According to independent media platform P24, 99 journalists have been formally arrested since the botched military intervention, turning Turkey once again into the world’s leading jailor of reporters. Thousands of journalists have lost their jobs. Hundreds of government-issued press accreditations have been cancelled, and an unknown number of journalists had their passports revoked, thus banning them from all foreign travel.

According to state-run news agency Anadolu, over 37,000 people were formally arrested and 1,00,000 more civil servants were fired or suspended during recent purges.

 

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