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    The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said that Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office has issued warrants for 35 journalists, while Turkish police detained at least nine as of Tuesday in a post-coup crackdown on media in the country.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office has issued warrants for 35 journalists, while Turkish police detained at least nine as of Tuesday in a post-coup crackdown on media in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in a press release.

    "The Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office today ordered 35 journalists to be detained in scope of investigations into a July 15 failed military coup that left more than 200 people dead, according to news reports. The Turkish government accuses the Hizmet movement, or FETO [the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization], of being a terrorist organization with a parallel state structure that orchestrated the attempted coup," the press release reads.

    The nine detained journalists come from Istanbul, Ankara and Kocaeli province, nearly 66 miles east of Istanbul.

    The media purge in Turkey followed the July 15 military coup attempt, which was suppressed the following day. On August 10, Turkish prosecutors ordered the arrest of some 47 journalists.

    Over 40,000 people have already been detained in Turkey in connection with the coup attempt. Ankara has accused a US-based Islamist cleric Fethullah Gulen and his followers of playing a key role in the coup.


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