May 10 2018

116 media outlets closed under Turkish state of emergency

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Hakan Çavuşoğlu said a total of 116 media outlets had been closed under state of emergency decrees, secularist news website OdaTV said.

Since the state of emergency was activated on July 20, 2016, five days after a failed coup attempt, six news agencies, 18 TV stations, 22 radio stations, 50 newspapers and 20 magazines have been forcibly shut down, Çavuşoğlu said in response to a parliamentary question by opposition Republican People’s Party deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu.

Chief among the targets of the closures have been Kurdish outlets, far-left outlets, and those linked to the Fethullah Gülen movement, a religious group the government believes was behind the coup attempt.

There have even sometimes been a geopolitical angle to the closures: Kurdistan Regional Government television stations Rudaw and Kurdistan 24 were shut down after the region held an independence referendum the Turkish government disagreed with.