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Committee to Protect Journalists: US Should Condemn Purge of Media in Turkey

© AP Photo / Hussein MallaA Turkish special forces policeman stands guard in front the damaged building of the police headquarters which was attacked by the Turkish warplanes during the failed military coup last Friday, in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, July 19, 2016
A Turkish special forces policeman stands guard in front the damaged building of the police headquarters which was attacked by the Turkish warplanes during the failed military coup last Friday, in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The United States need to condemn the purge of opposition and independent media in Turkey after the attempted military coup on July 15, says Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova.

Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wave their national flags and hold a portrait of Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based Muslim cleric with Turkish words that read: the Coup nation traitor, FETO (Feto is the nickname of Fethullah Gulen), during a pro-government rally at Kizilay main square, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - Sputnik International
Right to Fair Trial Must be Respected in Turkey After Coup Attempt
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States and other countries need to condemn the purge of opposition and independent media in Turkey that has occurred since the attempted military coup on July 15, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova said in a testimony to the US Congress.

"While it is important to condemn the coup attempt of July 15, we strongly urge Turkey's international partners, specifically the United States, to condemn the continuing purge of opposition and independent media that has followed the attempted coup," Ognianova testified on Wednesday to a subcommittee of the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.

Ognianova also urged the United States and other countries not to honor any arrest warrants issued by Turkey for journalists.

Since the July coup attempt, Turkish authorities have arrested more than 100 journalists, closed 100 media outlets, censored at least 30 news websites and taken credentials away from 600 members of the press, the CPJ noted.

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