TURKEY ISSUES DETENTION WARRANTS FOR 35, INCLUDING JOURNALISTS

Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office on Thursday issued detention warrants for 35 people, including journalists, over their allegedly links to the Fethullah Terror Organization (FETO) believed to be behind last year's failed coup, China's Xinhua news agency reported local media as saying.

The suspects, including an editor of daily Birgun newspaper Burak Ekici and a former columnist of the Turkish daily Ahmet Sagirli, were accused of "being membership of an armed terrorist organization," state-run Anadolu agency said.

Anadolu noted the detention warrants were aimed at the media branch of FETO.

According to the report, the suspects were believed to be users of mobile application Bylock, which was allegedly used by the network of FETO members.

Turkish government blames the FETO's US-based leader Fethullah Gulen for orchestrating the 2016 failed coup attempt, which left 249 people dead and some 2,200 injured.

The Turkish government has launched a massive crackdown on Gulen's supporters in the aftermath of the coup attempt.

Source: NAM News Network