Turkish police have raided opposition media organizations and detained 24 people – including journalists, executives, and ex-police chiefs – as President Erdogan continues his campaign to muzzle political opponents.
Police raided the offices of Zaman – a popular daily which is critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s regime – and Samanyolu television, an international TV channel, on Sunday morning in an operation against what Erdogan says is a terrorist network conspiring to topple him. The move comes as part of the president’s ongoing battle with his long-standing rival, US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.
Journalists, television producers, scriptwriters, and former police chiefs were among those detained in the cross-country raid, which was an effort to root out anti-government conspirators. Arrest warrants were issued for 31 people on charges of “establishing a terrorist group,” forgery, and slander, according to a statement made by Istanbul Chief Prosecutor Hadi Salihoglu.