ANKARA (Sputnik) – The holding announced it decided to close the Kanalturk and Bugun TV television channels, the Bugun Gazetesi and Millet Gazetesi newspapers, as well as the Kanalturk Radyo radio station, citing the unprofitability of the operations, in an official statement. However, Koza Ipek has previously blamed the Turkish authorities for putting pressure on the media group because of its opposition views.
Just two days after the court’s October ruling, police forces raided Koza Ipek's headquarters in Istanbul. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse a crowd that had gathered outside the building.
The Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe condemned the move, calling it a "clear obstruction of media freedom."