Turkey Moves Further with State Reaction after Failed Coup Attempt


Time: 10:25 p.m. CEST

Turkey decided to discharge 149 generals and ordered the closure of several media outlets in the following phase of the state reaction to the failed coup. A Turkish official who spoke with Agence France-Presse said the government published in the official gazette their decision to discharge dishonorably from the military 87 land-army generals, 30 air-force generals, and 32 admirals.

In the same day, the authorities ordered closure of three news agencies, 16 TV stations, 23 radio stations, 45 newspapers, 15 magazines and 29 publishers. The names of all are published in the Turkish official gazette. In total, over 80 journalists were arrested, for most of them the prosecutors decided to put them in detention.

Yesterday, as Hurryiet Daily News reports, Turkey “has detained scores of suspects, including a former Istanbul governor, a well-known journalist and high-ranking military officials, as part of the ongoing crackdown on what the government calls the Fetullahist Terror Organizations (FETÖ), which is accused of orchestrating the failed coup attempt on July 15.”

Former Istanbul Governor, Hüseyin Avni Mutlu was detained in Istanbul early on July 26, reportedly with the links to the outlawed Gülenist movement, Hurryiet Daily News reported.

In the previous days, Amnesty International in Europe warned on the treatment for the captured and detained military officers by the police officers. On July 15, a fraction in the Turkish started to overtake key infrastructure areas, media and government offices, but after the long night and a call to people on streets by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the attempted coup ended.

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