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Turkey revokes Gulen-linked broadcasters’ licenses

Government blames followers of US-based preacher for failed coup on Friday

19.07.2016
Turkey revokes Gulen-linked broadcasters’ licenses

ANKARA

Turkey’s top broadcasting authority on Tuesday unanimously revoked licenses for radio and television companies linked to Fetullah Gulen.

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.’

At least 208 people, including members of the security forces and civilians, were martyred in Istanbul and Ankara and nearly 1,500 others wounded as they protested against the coup.

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