Jan 12 2018

New state of emergency decree issued

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and the cabinet issued decree numbered 697 on Friday, returning 1,823 public sector workers to their jobs, firing 262 others and closing one television and one radio station, left-wing newspaper Evrensel said.

The 1,823 public workers returned to their jobs were all people falsely assumed to have been using ByLock, a mobile application that was used by members of the Gülen movement, which the Turkish government blames for the 2016 failed military coup.

However, 345 of those shown to downloaded the “Purple Brain” series of applications, which sent users to an IP used by ByLock, were not returned to their posts.

A further 262 public workers were fired by the decree, Evrensel said, including 106 employees of the National Education Ministry, 60 academics and 48 soldiers.

The decree also shut down two media outlets: Hatmar FM, a local radio station in Hatay province, and YEK TV, a documentary channel.