Turkey arrests 27 in swoop on anti-Erdogan media

Staff members and supporters of Zaman newspaper shout slogans as editor-in-chief Ekrem Dumanli (C) is being arrested by counter-terror police at the newspaper headquarters in Istanbul on December 14, 2014Turkish police on Sunday arrested the editor of Turkey’s biggest-selling newspaper and 26 others in lightning raids on supporters of a US-based cleric who has become President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s top foe. The operation was the most significant yet against supporters of Fethullah Gulen, an influential former ally of Erdogan whom the Turkish strongman accuses of running a parallel state from abroad. At least 27 people were detained in raids across Turkey, including Ekrem Dumanli, the editor-in-chief of the Zaman daily newspaper which is closely linked to Gulen. Those held include an executive of Samanyolu television, also seen as close to Gulen, as well as a TV director, producers, scriptwriters and some police officers.

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