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Turkey: 12 TV stations shut down for security threat

The Daily Dawn
Dawn Desk Report

Turkish authorities reported 12 more alleged threat to national security agencies have been ordered to shut down, state-run news agency reported Friday, opposition voices growing concern that the government in the aftermath of a failed coup aim is to use emergency powers to deal with setting amidst.

Turkey declared a state of emergency in the wake of the events of July 15, the US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom it accuses of orchestrating efforts to arrest thousands of people. Also dozens of news outlets associated with the Gulen movement, has been closed down, while journalists were jailed and dozens of other employees.

The government later banned for links to Kurdish rebels on Thursday accused the pro-Kurdish news outlets increased crackdown, Anadolu agency reported that the country's 12 television stations broadcasting watchdog alleged links to a terrorist organization or group that ordered closed for a national security threat.

And include, Zarok TV, a children's cartoon channel broadcasting in Kurdish, as well as playing a station, dubbed Kurdish folk songs - and other news stations closed on orders of the pro-Kurdish or are left-leaning, said.

Turkish and international media groups denounced the latest media crackdown.  "Turkey is now critical of the newspaper after the shuttering of many silent minority broadcasters, cultural and political expression by targeting a wide swath," Robert Mahoney, executive director of the US-based Committee to Protect Journalists said. "Even children's programming sees as a threat to national security, it is clearly abusing its emergency powers."

Turkish Journalists Association said in a statement: "Journalists are being targeted by the government do not share the views of false charges and taken into custody by the government's target journalists working for the realization of the right to information, the public should stop and learn the truth.."

Government officials have emphasized that moves against news outlets or journalists for their journalistic activities, but not for links to the terrorist group.

A parliamentary or judicial oversight of emergency, the government will be able to govern through decrees. It was announced on July 20 coup plotters and people Gulen movement, which has been branded a terrorist organization by Turkey to move quickly against suspected links to help authorities.

The country's highest national security body chaired by the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, suggested this week that the three-month state of emergency to be extended by another three months. Erdogan, however, hinted Thursday that the measure could be prolonged beyond a year or so.

Turkish Journalists' Association says the state of emergency was declared more than 100 journalists have been arrested. Some 2,500 journalists have lost their jobs, while hundreds of their press credentials were revoked by the government, it said.

This is a sign that the emergency powers be used for purposes other than cracking down on the terrorist group that the central Turkish province of Agri on the basis of alcohol-serving establishments closed in areas such as "murder, physical injury and the threat of such a crime has been leading."

AP / UNB

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