Turkey orders detention of 35 people, including journalists

Turkey orders detention of 35 people, including journalists

Turkish authorities today issued detention warrants against 35 people, including nine journalists, on suspicion of links to last July’s attempted military coup.

According to the state-run Anadolu news agency the suspects, including the editor of the opposition Birgun newspaper Burak Ekici, were accused of “membership of an armed terrorist organisation”.

The on-going crackdown, particularly against journalists, has alarmed rights groups and some of Turkey’s Western allies, who fear the government is using the coup as a pretext to quash dissent.

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