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 detained in Yalova province on Tuesday.
Tanık, who is being accused of membership in an armed terrorist organization, was detained as part of an ongoing crackdown on real or alleged followers of the faith-based Gülen movement.
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.
Despite Gülen and the movement having denied the accusation, Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government launched a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.
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.