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Turkey orders 47 newspaper journalists, executives detained


People hold Turkish national flags as they attend a rally against the military coup in Ankara, on July 25, 2016. Turkish authorities on July 25 issued arrest warrants for over 40 journalists in a new phase of the controversial legal crackdown after the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, sparking fresh alarm over the scope of the detentions. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

Ankara: Turkey’s state-run news agency says authorities have issued warrants for the detention of 47 former executives or senior journalists of Zaman newspaper, allegedly associated with the US-based Muslim cleric who the government says is behind Turkey’s July 15 failed coup.

Anadolu Agency says at least one journalist, former Zaman columnist Sahin Alpay, was detained today. Zaman, which was linked to Fethullah Gulen‘s religious movement, was raided by police and seized by the government in March.

Earlier this week, warrants were issued against 42 other journalists, of whom 16 of them have been detained for questioning.

The detention of journalists and wide-scale purges of officials have raised concerns about a possible witch hunt in the wake of the violent coup attempt that killed about 290 people.