Turkey: Opposition newspaper editor detained

A police officer stands outside the office of Turkish daily 'Cumhuriyet' in Istanbul on May 11, 2006. Photograph:( Reuters )

Agencies Istanbul, Turkey Oct 31, 2016, 08.41 AM (IST)

Authorities in Turkey today ordered the detention of executives from opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, the Istanbul prosecutor's office said in a statement, according to Reuters news agency. 


Turkey police detained the editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu while authorities searched for executive board chairman Akin Atalay and writer Guray Oz, the official news agency Anadolu said.  


It has been alleged that Cumhuriyet executives had committed crimes on behalf of Kurdish militants and the "Gulenist Terror Organisation" (FETO), according to the statement. 


Following accusations that the newspaper's publications legitimised the July 15 coup bid in Turkey, an investigation was launched in August into several executives, Reuters reported.


According to CNN Turk, 13 arrest warrants were issued for journalists and executives from the daily.


(WION with inputs from agencies) 

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