Turkey targets opposition newspaper over suspected coup links

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Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants for the owner and three employees of an opposition newspaper, a police source and the paper said on Friday, part of a crackdown on media that has alarmed rights groups and Turkey’s Western allies.

The four are accused of committing crimes on behalf of the network of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, they said. Ankara accuses Gulen of masterminding last July’s failed coup against President Tayyip Erdogan, a charge he denies.

Turkish police carried out searches at the homes of the owner and the three employees of Sozcu newspaper, which is fiercely critical of Erdogan and his AK Party, and also detained the paper’s internet editor and its correspondent for the Aegean province of Izmir, the police source and the paper said.

The paper’s owner is currently abroad, he added.

The state-run Anadolu news agency said the charges against the four suspects included planning “the...


Turkey targets opposition newspaper over suspected coup links


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