In other words the purge continues……
Turkish TV station taken off the air in dramatic scenes as 13,000 police officers are suspended and state of emergency extended
IMC-TV is one of 12 stations which have been taken off air during Turkey’s state of emergency
- The officers are suspected of having links to US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen
- The premises of IMC-TV were raided by police, making it one of 12 TV stations ordered off the air
- It comes after Turkey announced yesterday that its state of emergency was being extended by three more months
- The government has been accused of using the crackdown as an excuse to silence its critics
Nearly 13,000 Turkish police officers have been suspended and a television network was taken off air by police today, as fears grow that the government is using the newly-extended state of emergency to silence critics.
Journalists chanted in defiance as police descended on the Istanbul headquarters of the pro-Kurdish IMC-TV, one of 12 stations ordered closed by the country’s government – including one which broadcasts children’s cartoons in the Kurdish language.
And today 12,800 police officers were suspended from duty over their suspected links to US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.
Police reportedly raided the station’s offices during a live broadcast and sealed off the control room