Turkey now jails 99 media workers, says media watchdog

The Turkish police have detained at least 24 people working for pro-Kurdish newspaper Ozgur Gundem, Reuters has reported, quoting the daily.

Source: Reuters, Tanjug

The daily was banned earlier in the week on suspicion of supporting Kurdish militants, the agency reported.

This brings the number of Turkish media workers who have been arrested to 99, according to the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ).

It also "makes Turkey the world's biggest jailer of journalists."

A Turkish government official denied the action against Ozgur Gundem was linked to the state of emergency declared after a failed coup on July 15, Reuters said.


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