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Alert created on: 01 Dec 2016 n° 122/2016 Turkey

Turkish Emergency Decree Shuts Down 9 Media Outlets

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CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
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On 22 November 2016, the Turkish Government issued a new decree ordering the closure of nine more local media outlets, bringing the total number of media outlets and printing houses closed in the aftermath of a coup attempt on July 15 to 176. According to State Emergency Decree No. 677, 375 civil society organisations and nine media outlets have been closed down for alleged “membership in terrorist organizations or organizations [or] groups that were listed by the National Security Council as acting against the security of the state.” The closed newspapers are: Ekspres daily (Adana), Türkiye Manşet daily (Çorum), Dağyeli daily (Hatay), Akis daily (Kütahya), İpekyolu daily (Ordu), Son Dakika daily (İzmir) and Yedigün daily (Ankara). Habereksen Magazine issued in Samsun and Batman FM radio were also closed down.
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