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Cumhuriyet chairman arrested in Turkey

Cumhuriyet chairman arrested in TurkeyTurkish police have arrested Akin Atalay, chairman of the opposition daily Cumhuriyet, according to the newspaper’s website.

Atalay was detained at the city's Ataturk Airport on his return from Germany after an arrest warrant was issued for him, Cumhuriyet said.

Last week, Turkish authorities formally arrested nine other executives and journalists from the paper. Editor-in-chief, Murat Sambunju, was said to be among them.

The detentions – over the newspaper’s alleged support for July’s failed coup – have been described by one EU politician as crossing a red line.

According to Istanbul prosecutors, staff are suspected of committing crimes on behalf of Kurdish militants and a network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Cumhuriyet’s previous editor, Can Dundar, was jailed last year for publishing state secrets involving Turkey’s support for Syrian rebels. He was later released and is now overseas to avoid arrest.

Since the failed putsch, more than 110,000 judges, teachers, police and civil servants have been suspended or dismissed and 36,000 formally arrested.
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