Turkey detains employees of banned pro-Kurdish paper

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — 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.

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