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Friday, October 28, 2016

The coup as a pretext: why Turkey began mass arrests of journalists

Turkish prosecutors on Monday, July 25, issued warrants for the arrest of 42 local journalists. It is known that at least 11 people from this group managed to leave the country. All who are subject to arrest, according to investigators, had direct relations with the opposition preacher Fethullah Gulen, living many years in the United States. It will remind after the failed attempt of a military coup in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the organizer of the coup.

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According to Turkish media, the journalists, the arrest warrants which were issued by the Prosecutor’s office, according to the authorities, was part of the so-called parallel or “deep state”. Under him, the Turkish leadership involves the penetration of gulenists in all spheres of society with the aim of destabilizing the country and, ultimately, regime change.

Experts, however, have repeatedly noted that the influence of gülen on the internal political situation in Turkey, as well as the magnitude of the deep state, Erdogan is greatly exaggerated.

As reported by our editor-in-chief of MK in Turkey,” Yasar Nijazbaev, now we are talking about the arrest of dissident journalists — those who before the attempted coup, but after investigating the “Big bribe” (operation in this regard took place from late 2013 to 2014, dozens of businessmen and officials accused of corruption. — “MK”) supported anti-corruption measures.

“This is a very painful subject for Erdogan that he wants to forever, reminded a colleague. — If in the judicial field, this subject was hushed up, shifting even some judges and investigators in the field of public discussion continues. Many opposition politicians and journalists still remind about the scandal. As for those arrested, many of them published very serious material on the subject. And some not even affiliated with the Gulen movement, or even worked in the publications affiliated with Gulen”.

Moreover, some of the journalists included in the list and subject to arrest, even during the coup — when it was not clear that his attempt will fail — have expressed reluctance to support a military coup, said Yashar Nijazbaev. In particular, we are talking about a famous journalist Nazli Ilicak.

Those arrested can expect prison terms of 10 years to life imprisonment. The OSCE has already stated that is concerned about the situation around the arrests and will closely monitor developments, but will there be concrete action taken — is unclear.

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