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Turkey Issues Warrants for 42 Reporters07/25 06:12

   ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish authorities issued warrants on Monday for the 
detention of 42 journalists and detained 31 academics, official media reported, 
as the government pressed ahead with a crackdown against people allegedly 
linked to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric following a failed coup.

   The state-run Anadolu news agency said the list of journalists wanted for 
questioning included prominent writer Nazli Ilicak, who is critical of 
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Ilicak has opposed the government clampdown on 
a movement led by Fethullah Gulen, the cleric accused by Turkey of directing 
the July 15 coup attempt. Gulen has denied any involvement in the failed 
insurrection.

   So far, five journalists have been detained for questioning, Anadolu 
reported.

   Prosecutors requested their detention to shed light on the coup plot and the 
warrants are not related to their "journalistic activities, but possible 
criminal conduct," a senior official in Erdogan's office said in a text message 
sent to foreign media. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with Turkish 
government regulations.

   The list of wanted journalists, according to the pro-government Sabah 
newspaper, also includes news editor Erkan Acar of the Ozgur Dusunce newspaper 
and news show host Erkan Akkus of the Can Erzincan TV station. Both media 
organizations are off-shoots of Bugun newspaper and Bugun TV, which were taken 
over by the government in an October 2015 police raid.

   Another journalist wanted by authorities is Hanim Busra Erdal, a former 
columnist and legal reporter for the daily Zaman newspaper, which was taken 
over by authorities in March for its links to Gulen's movement.

   The 31 academics, including a number of professors, were detained for 
questioning in Istanbul and four other provinces, Anadolu reported. Security 
officials also conducted a raid against the military's Istanbul-based War 
Academy, detaining 40 people.

   The government declared a three-month state of emergency and detained more 
than 13,000 people in the military, judiciary and other institutions following 
the foiled coup.


(KA)

 
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