According to the reporters, on Wednesday, a dawn raid had been carried out by the police in Istanbul. Tear gas was been used by the police to enter the headquarters of a media company linked to a government critic, enforcing a court order to seize the business just days before a national election.
Police had also used water cannon to not less than 500 people who had gathered in front of the offices of Kanalturk and Bugun TV in Istanbul to protest against the police action.
As per President Tayyip Erdogan, he hopes that election which is going to be held on Sunday will restore the overall majority lost in a June vote by the AK party he founded.
The raids on media groups are owned by Koza Ipek Holding, which is linked to Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen. At least 22 firms which had been owned by Koza Ipek had been taken over by the authorities on Tuesday, in an investigation of alleged financial irregularities.
According to Abdulhamit Bilici, editor in chief of the Gulen – affiliated Zaman newspaper, “This is a coup against opposition, against the media, against our existing constitution and against freedom of enterprise.”