Turkey seeks arrest of 35 media workers over alleged Gulen links

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends a rally to welcome him to Lebanon in al-Kouachra village, northern Lebanon, November 24, 2010. Erdogan has an unspoken pact with the Turkish electorate: he delivers rapid economic growth, jobs and money, and voters let him shape what kind of democracy this Muslim nation of 74 million people becomes. The prime minister's Justice and Development Party (AKP), socially conservative and successor to a banned Islamist party, won a third term with 50 percent of the vote in parliamentary elections in June thanks largely to the success of its pro-growth free-market policies. To match Special Report TURKEY-ERDOGAN/ REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/Files (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT IMAGES OF THE DAY PROFILE) - RTR2PQD5

Turkish authorities on Thursday issued arrest warrants for 35 employees of media groups, including national newspaper journalists, on suspicion of links to the alleged mastermind of the failed July 15 coup Fethullah Gulen, the state-run news agency said.

Nine people have been detained so far in the operation, Anadolu news agency said, adding they were accused of using a messaging app allegedly used by Gulen to mobilise followers in Turkey and of membership of a “terror” group.


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