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Editors work for an edition of Cumhuriyet daily newspaper at the headquarter of the newspaper in Istanbul, Turkey 22 September 2016.
Photograph: EPA/TOLGA BOZOGLU

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Turkey to reverse its decision to close down at least 20 television and radio stations.

The government has already silenced a large segment of the press that has been critical of its actions and is continuing its campaign against cultural and political freedom of expression, CPJ Deputy Executive Director Robert Mahoney said Thursday.

Turkish authorities ordered the closure of 23 stations on Thursday. The satellite and cable broadcaster Turksat ceased broadcasting several channels that same day, among them Zarok TV, which carried cartoon series like Maya the Bee and The Smurfs in Kurdish.

Two pro-Kurdish TV channels were also shut down. The measures were made possible by the state of emergency declared after the recent coup attempt.

Even the independent station IMC TV is to be closed down, according to Turkish state news agency Anadolu. IMC News Director Hamza Aktan told dpa Friday that the station had not received any official confirmation thereof.

"We expect the police to turn up at our door any time," he said. Turkish authorities had already had the station removed from Turksat's cable package in February.

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