Turkish police have detained Cumhuriyet Chief of opposition newspaper

Turkish police have detained Cumhuriyet the editor-in-chief of an opposition newspaper

According to Turkish media reports on Monday morning Turkish police detained Turkey’s secularist Cumhuriyet daily Editor-in-Chief Murat Sabuncu an opposition newspaper, and columnist Güray Öz after police raided their residences. A detention warrant was also issued on former Editor-in-Chief Can Dündar.


Reporters said: “Their residences were being searched”

“Police were searching the homes of Atalay and Oz” Anadolu said.

That Monday morning Turkish police raided Sabuncu and Öz’s houses along with the house of daily’s CEO Akın Atalay and columnist Hikmet Çetinkaya upon the order of an İstanbul court which issued detention warrants against 13 people, including journalists, columnists and executives from Cumhuriyet.


Cumhuriyet is known for its critical stance towards the government, it got wide international attention in 2015 when it reported on a group of Syria-bound trucks allegedly sent by the country’s intelligence agency, carrying weapons to Syrian anti-government fighters.


The reports did not give a reason for the detentions or the searches, which came as authorities crack down on anyone suspected of links to Fethullah Gulen, the US-based religious leader accused by the Turkish government of orchestrating a failed coup in July.

Scores of opposition media organisations have been shut down since the government acquired state of emergency powers following the failed coup.

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