Authorities detained the editor and several prominent writers of Cumhuriyet, one of the country’s few remaining opposition newspapers, on Monday — a day after the government dismissed 10,000 civil servants suspected of links to a failed coup in July.
Over the weekend, the government shut down 15 pro-Kurdish news outlets, including the only national Kurdish-language daily, for a total of about 160 news sources it’s closed in the past three months.
As the government expands its post-coup crackdown to target its Kurdish and secularist opponents, President Erdogan has been accused of using the coup attempt as a pretext for stifling dissent and establishing authoritarian rule.
More than 40,000 people have been detained or arrested since the coup attempt on suspicion of links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara has accused of organizing the coup effort against Erdogan. At least 100,000 people have been dismissed from state institutions including the judiciary and military and security forces.
“This is a colossal purge, tearing the heart out of any remaining hope for a democracy that depends on independent voices and unfettered political competition,” and the United States and Europe have been “far too quiet" about it, The Washington Post says in an editorial.