Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is actively using the recent coup attempt that led to some 290 deaths on July 15 to claim sweeping new powers for himself.
Now he has ordered the shutdown of over 130 media outlets and dismissed 2,400 military personnel.
Some say that the coup was staged precisely to give the tyrannical leader a further “iron grip” on power as he speeds up the further Islamization of Turkey. Erdogan has vehemently denied the claim. Yet back in 2014, Erdogan threatened to “root out” the social media network after wiretapped recordings were leaked that were deemed damaging to the government’s reputation ahead of local elections. Access to Twitter was then restricted.
“Turkey orders shutdown of over 130 media outlets, dismisses 2,400 military personnel – broadcaster”, RT News, July 27, 2016:
Turkish authorities ordered the closure of more than 130 media outlets on Wednesday in a crackdown following July’s failed coup, Reuters reports, citing CNN Turk. Some 2,400 military personnel were also sacked in the Turkish government’s latest move.
The Turkish government shutdown three news agencies, 23 radio stations, 16 TV channels, 45 newspapers, 15 magazines, and 29 publishers and distributors in their crackdown on the media.
The army saw 726 officers and 1,684 soldiers discharged, according to the government decree….