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Turkish opposition paper ‘won’t give in’ after detentions

An opposition newspaper in Turkey is remaining defiant a day after the detention of its chief editor and at least 12 senior staff

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An opposition newspaper in Turkey is remaining defiant a day after the detention of its chief editor and at least 12 senior staff.

Tuesday’s edition of Cumhuriyet newspaper - one of Turkey’s oldest - ran the headline: “We won’t give in.” Tuesday’s columns of two of its detained writers were left blank.

The Istanbul prosecutor’s office says the detentions followed an investigation into the left-leaning and secularist paper’s alleged support to the movement led by US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen - accused by the government of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt - and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party. The paper rejects the accusations.

The detentions drew widespread international criticism, including from the United States and the European Union.