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Turkey shuts down dozens of media organisations

Close to 1,700 officers have also been formally discharged from the military.

A woman takes part in an anti-coup rally at Taksim square in Istanbul yesterday.
A woman takes part in an anti-coup rally at Taksim square in Istanbul yesterday.
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TURKEY’S STATE-RUN NEWS agency has said the government has decided to close down dozens of media organisations, including 45 newspapers and 16 television stations.

Anadolu Agency also said that close to 1,700 officers have been formally discharged from the military following the country’s failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The government says a US-based Muslim cleric is behind the failed uprising by a faction within the military that led to some 290 deaths on 15 July.

Thousands of people have been detained for suspected links to the coup. Tens of thousands of people have also been purged from state institutions.

Last week, the country extended police powers, allowing them to hold people in detention without charge for up to 30 days, and shut over 1,000 private schools.

Read: Post-coup detainees being beaten and raped, says Amnesty

Read: Turkey shuts over 1,000 schools and extends police powers after failed coup

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