Turkey police raid critical newspaper in Istanbul

    Turkey police raid critical newspaper in Istanbul

    March 5, Ankara: Turkish police have raided the offices of the opposition Zaman newspaper, hours after a court ruling placed it under state control, media reports said.

    Police entered the building in Istanbul late on Friday, firing tear gas at protesters who had gathered outside.

    Zaman is closely linked to the Hizmet movement of influential US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, BBC news reported.

    Turkey says Hizmet is a "terrorist" group aiming to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.

    Gulen was once an ally of Erdogan but the two fell out. Many Hizmet supporters have been arrested.

    The government in Ankara has come under increasing international criticism over its treatment of journalists.

    The Oslo Times


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