Turkey shuts down 130 media outlets as President Erdogan’s purge of ‘dissidents’ accelerates

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.

Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania but whose movement has a wide following in Turkey where it runs a large network of schools, has denied any involvement in the failed putsch.

Western governments and human rights groups, while condemning the abortive coup in which at least 246 people were killed and more than 2,000 injured, have expressed concern over the extent of the crackdown, suggesting President Erdogan may be using it to stifle dissent and tighten his grip on power.

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