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Erdogan orders detention of 47 journalists
Turkish authorities have continued mass cleansing of its system as arrest suspects involved in the masterminding of a failed coup continues.
Reports say President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ordered the detention of another set of 47 journalists as a crackdown on supporters and loyalists of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, heightens.
“Today’s detentions cover executives and some staff including columnists of (the now defunct) Zaman newspaper, the Gulen movement’s flagship media organisation,” the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters.
“The prosecutors aren’t interested in what individual columnists wrote or said. At this point, the reasoning is that prominent employees of Zaman are likely to have intimate knowledge of the Gulen network and as such could benefit the investigation.”
President Erdogan has also been criticised for his clampdown on supporters of Gulen, who is being accused by Ankara of masterminding a failed military coup as his move is seen a pretext to muzzle dissent and tighten his grip on power.

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