Aside from the army, the media is in the front line of the mass purges sweeping Turkey since the July
15-16 coup attempt.
Prominent journalists are among dozens of media professionals ordered detained. On Friday a group of
20 reporters was escorted to court in Istanbul to learn their fate as the crackdown continues unabated.
More than 130 media organisations have been shut down – newspapers, TV and radio stations, magazines, press agencies, and publishing houses.
On Friday, Turkey’s ally Azerbaijan closed an independent TV channel that planned to air an interview with Ankara’s coup suspect, the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.
Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since 1999, denies the accusations and says the coup may have been orchestrated by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, himself.
In Turkey, so far, tens of thousands of people – including police, judges and teachers – have been suspended or placed under investigation.