The Turkish authorities issued arrest warrants for 47 journalists on Wednesday, citing links to the July 15th coup participants as the cause for detention, a government official told Reuters News Agency this morning.
“Today’s detentions cover executives and some staff including columnists of (the now defunct) Zaman newspaper, the Gulen movement’s flagship media organization,” 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.”
On Monday, the Turkish authorities arrested 42 opposition journalists for allegedly supporting the Gulen Movement; this marked the inception of Erdogan’s media witch hunt.
Over 65,000 people have been arrested, fired, or suspended from their jobs for allegedly taking part in the July 15th military coup.