Turkey's broadcasting authority has revoked the licenses of 24 radio and television stations, accusing them of ties to the Gulenist movement.
The Supreme Council of Radio and Television (RTUK) cancelled licenses of 24 Gulen-linked broadcasters – including Samanyolu, Can Erzincan television and Dunya Radio – following the thwarted putsch last Friday.
Turkey's government has said the attempted coup was organized by followers of U.S.-based Gulen, who is accused of a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through supporters within Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary, forming the so-called ‘parallel state.’
This follows the blocking of about 20 online news portals in recent days. Among the banned daily websites and news portals are Rotahaber, Gazeteport, Karşı daily, ABC daily and Medyascope. Currently we don't have information if banned websites are available or still blocked.
Ünal Tanık, editor-in-chief of Rotahaber news portal said on this Twitter account on Sunday that access to the website was blocked although there was not any technical problem.
Medyacope released a statement after censorship, saying, “Unfortunately TİB has blocked access to our website. We do not know the reason.”
ABC daily also condemned the censorship on social media and said, “This is a blow to the free media, we will not be silent.”
Access to the website of the Yeni Hayat daily (yenihayatgazetesi.com), one of the few remaining independent dailies in Turkey, had also been blocked due to its lead story around 8.30 p.m. on June 30, without any notification or justification. The story claimed there are currently 150 potential suicide bombers linked to the terrorist Islamic State and the Levant (ISIS) in Turkey.
The data platform WikiLeaks on Tuesday published hundreds of thousands of documents it identified as emails from Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
The weekend's unsuccessful coup attempt in Turkey, which left at least 264 dead and over 1,500 injured, has triggered a dramatic purge of state institutions.
Turkish state media has retracted a story which claimed the alleged ringleader of the coup had confessed, saying the opposite is true and he denies all charges.
Turkey sent the United States four dossiers on the Islamic cleric it believes was behind the weekend's failed coup attempt, according to news reports Tuesday, as the government seeks his arrest amid widespread dismissals in state institutions.
In Taksim Square and on the streets of Istanbul, people are hanging effigies from a noose as they chant "we want the death penalty," demonstrating against the weekend's failed coup attempt and in support of the government.
The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) on Tuesday said it was backing a campaign in support of reporters in Turkey who are facing "relentless attacks and attempts to silence them," noting that 34 media workers are currently in jail.
Turkish authorities have freed journalist and writer Ahmet Aziz Nesin, who was arrested with two rights activists for supporting a pro-Kurdish newspaper, broadcaster CNN Turk reported Saturday.
A German journalist for public broadcaster ARD has been denied entry to Turkey, where he had planned to report a story about refugees in the Syrian border region.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu defends his country's record on media freedom, following the government's recent takeover of opposition media.
The Turkish government's decision to take control of a major opposition newspaper reflects an "ongoing onslaught on dissenting media," Amnesty International says.
Turkey's decision to deny a German journalist press accreditation is "intolerable and a violation of press freedom," German news magazine Der Spiegel said Thursday, decrying the move that forced it to pull reporter Hasnain Kazim out of the country.
Police stormed the editorial headquarters of Zaman, Turkey's largest opposition newspaper, and fired tear gas to disperse protesters who had gatherd outside the building late Friday in Istanbul, Turkish media reported online.
Two opposition journalists were released from jail on Friday after a Constitutional Court ruling that their detention since November was a violation of their rights, but the pair will still face a trial on terrorism and espionage charges.
The Turkish government will take control of Zaman, the largest opposition newspaper in the country, with staff at the media house preparing their last edition Friday before a state-appointed trusteeship replaces the management.
Prominent Turkish journalist Can Dundar survived an "assassination attempt" on Friday outside a courthouse, where he and a colleague are on trial over a report on an alleged weapons shipment to Syrian rebels.
Turkish journalist Can Dundar faces life imprisonment on charges of espionage and supporting a terrorist organization. In an interview he explains why pressure has been mounting on the media in his country.