Turkey Detains 24 Employees of Banned pro-Kurdish Newspaper

Turkish Journalists' Association claims some workers of the daily Ozgur Gundem were 'ill-treated' as they were taken away, one day after court ordered it shut for engaging in 'terrorist propaganda.'

Guest editors of pro-Kurdish daily Ozgur Gundem before appearing at a court for testimony, outside the Justice Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, June 27, 2016.
Murad Sezer, Reuters

A journalists' group says police have detained 24 employees of a pro-Kurdish newspaper a day after a court ordered it shut down for allegedly engaging in "terrorist propaganda."

The Turkish Journalists' Association said Wednesday some workers of the daily Ozgur Gundem were "ill-treated" as they were taken away. Media reports said those detained included prominent writers and journalists.

The new detentions bring the number of jailed media employees since Turkey's July 15 coup attempt to close to 100.

The government accuses U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen of masterminding the coup and has shut down 130 news outlets associated with his movement. Dozens of journalists working for Gulen-linked news organizations have been detained.

The court ruled Ozgur Gundem acted as a "media organ" of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.