Turkey crackdown: 15 Kurdish media outlets shut over suspected Fethullah Gulen links

Turkey crackdown: 15 media outlets shut and thousands of civil servants dismissed over suspected links to Fethullah Gulen

The coup in July

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Turkish government has shut 15 media outlets and dismissed more than 10,000 civil servants as part of an ongoing crackdown. 

In the wake of a failed coup in July which saw more than 240 people killed, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has swiftly moved to eliminate all forms of opposition. 

The Turkish leader has now used two new executive degrees to ensure the closure of 15 newspapers, wires and magazines reporting from the Kurdish southeast - raising the total number of media organisation closures to 160.

Since July, more than 37,000 people have been arrested and more than 100,000 sacked over suspected terrorist links and connections to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen - who's been blamed for the coup - in an unprecedented crackdown. 

The continued extent of the crackdown has concerned Turkey's Western allies, who fear Erdoğan is using the emergency rule to eradicate dissent - and drawn criticism from within the government itself.

Sezgin Tanrikulu, an MP from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), condemned Erdoğan in a Periscope broadcast posted on Twitter.

He said: "What the government and Erdogan are doing right now is a direct coup against the rule of law and democracy."