Turkey issues warrants for 47 ex-staff of Zaman newspaper

The Zaman daily newspaper was taken over by state-appointed administrators in March 2016 after Turkish riot police seized its headquarters in IstanbulTurkey issued arrest warrants Wednesday for 47 former staff of the Zaman newspaper, an official said, in a growing crackdown on citizens suspected of links to alleged coup mastermind Fethullah Gulen. The official, declining to be named, said the swoop covers “executives and some staff including columnists”, describing Zaman as the “flagship media organisation” of the movement led by Gulen, a US-based preacher. In the attempted coup of July 15, renegade soldiers sought to topple President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but were stopped by crowds of civilians and loyalist security forces.

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