: Turkey in wave of arrests, dismissals after failed military coup

20:17 Jul. 25, 2016

Turkey in wave of arrests, dismissals after failed military coup

People reflected on glass with Turkish a flag at a bus station in Istanbul, Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo)

Authorities target those allegedly connected with Gulen religious movement

Since the military coup attempt Turkey has detained, arrested and dismissed thousands of its citizens, allegedly connected with the religious Fethullah Gülen movement, who had been accused by President Erdogan of orchestrating the mutiny.

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On July 25, the authorities issued warrants for 42 journalists as part of the coup investigation, according to local media.

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Among those targeted was prominent journalist Nazli Ilicak, who was fired from the pro-government Sabah Daily newspaper in 2013 for criticising ministers caught up in a corruption scandal.

Turkey has also taken 31 academics into custody.

Meanwhile, the Turkish Airlines has fired 211 workers allegedly connected with the Gülen movement, Deutsche Welle reports.

The company's statement said the contracts of the workers had been terminated not only because of their connections with the US-based cleric, but also because of their low efficiency.

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