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Thursday, July 28, 2016
Turkey shuts down 130 media outlets as President Erdogan's purge of 'dissidents' accelerates
The Turkish Government has shut down 130 media outlets in a mass purge of the media following the coup attempt.
President Recep Erdogan has responded to the apparent coup attempt by clamping down on alleged dissidents since the failed bid to oust him from power rocked the country.
The increasingly authoritarian regime has purged the media, universities, schools, the police, judiciary and military of potential opponents.
So far, tens of thousands of people - including police, judges and teachers - have been suspended or placed under investigation since the July 15-16 coup, which Turkey says was staged by a faction within the military loyal to the Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.READ MORE