Turkish reportedly police detain editor of paper close to Erdogan foe

By REUTERS
October 10, 2015 09:47

 
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ISTANBUL - Turkish police have detained the editor of a newspaper close to an Islamic cleric foe of Tayyip Erdogan on allegations of insulting the president, media reports said, fueling concerns about a clampdown on media ahead of a Nov. 1 election.

Today's Zaman chief editor Bulent Kenes was detained at its Istanbul offices on Friday after a court issued an arrest warrant in response to a prosecutor's challenge to a court decision not to keep him in custody, Dogan news agency said.

It said a crowd of around 200 people gathered at the offices of the English-language paper and chanted in support of Kenes as he was taken away over allegations of insulting Erdogan on Twitter. The editor had previously given a statement to police on the matter but was released.

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