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Turkey Seizes Opposition Newspaper in Growing Crackdown

Turkish authorities took control of the Zaman newspaper in a push against supporters of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, a foe of President Erdogan.
/ Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department on Friday called the decision by Turkish authorities to seize control of the country's largest newspaper "troubling."

"We see this as the latest in a series of troubling judicial and law enforcement actions taken by the Turkish government targeting media outlets and others critical of it," State Department spokesman John Kirby told a news briefing.

Turkish authorities seized control of the Zaman newspaper on Friday at the request of an Istanbul prosecutor, state-run Anadolu Agency reported, in a widening crackdown against supporters of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, an influential foe of President Tayyip Erdogan.