Turkey issues arrest warrants for 47 ex-staff of Zaman daily

A man reads the first new edition of the Turkish daily newspaper Zaman, which had staunchly opposed the president, now with articles supporting the government since its seizure by authorities last year. (AFP)

Turkish officials have issued arrest warrants on Wednesday for 47 ex-staff of the Zaman daily newspaper.

Last year, Turkish authorities seized control of the Zaman newspaper at the request of an Istanbul prosecutor in a widening crackdown against supporters of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, an influential foe of President Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish authorities earlier in the week issued arrest warrants for 42 journalists as part of the investigation into the failed coup aimed at toppling Erdogan.

Among those targeted by the warrants were prominent journalist Nazli Ilicak who was fired from the pro-government Sabah daily in 2013 for criticizing ministers caught up in a corruption scandal, NTV and CNN-Turk said.

There was no indication any of the journalists had been detained so far.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49