Turkey gets new channels off the air

Turkey gets new channels off the air

World October 28, 2015 17:45

- Turkey has reached Wednesday two television stations off the air. Bugün TV and Kanaltürk in their coverage critical of the Turkish President Erdogan. Tuesday still had the Turkish government 's management replacement Koza Ipek Holding, the parent company of the two transmitters which also includes various newspapers.

The two broadcasters knew Wednesday for some time broadcast via internet. The police did, however, after several hours of violence to an end. Several journalists, including the editor of Bugün TV, are thereby arrested.

According to Justice Koza Ipek is funded by a terrorist organization. That meant the movement around the Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen. The US resident Gülen was once an important ally of Erdogan. Since 2013, however, the two are locked in a bitter struggle.

The replacement of the Koza Ipek management already led Tuesday to criticism from Europe and the US This move is widely seen as preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections November 1. There are few domestic media that dare to be critical of Erdogan. It is suspected that the Erdogan government the free press will further rein in the run up to the elections.

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