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Journalist Ünal Tanık arrested in Turkey

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According to Turkish Minute, Ünal Tanık, owner and editor-in-chief of the Rota Haber news portal, which is among the dozens of media outlets closed down by the Turkish government in the aftermath of a failed coup attempt on July 15, was arrested on Wednesday after he was detained in Yalova the day before.

JUDGE SELAMI YILMAZ MADE THE ARREST VERDICT IN ISTANBUL

Judge Selami Yılmaz made the arrest verdict in İstanbul’s 11th Penal Court of Peace over Gülen movement charges.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

Turkey’s unprecedented witch-hunt had resulted in the imprisonment of 41,752 people as of Dec. 30, according to the tally of turkeypurge.com, while 135,356 people have been removed from public sector jobs since July 15.

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