ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court has ordered a news agency linked to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s top foe placed under the management of trustees, days after a similar ruling led to the takeover of Turkey’s largest-circulation newspaper, Zaman, and sparked two days of protests.
The state-run Anadolu Agency says the court in Istanbul on Monday appointed three trustee managers to run Cihan News Agency, which, like Zaman, is linked to a movement led by U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. Erdogan accuses the movement of attempting to topple the government.
Court officials could not immediately be reached.
Police on Friday used tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters as officers stormed Zaman’s headquarters to enforce the court order. Zaman’s editorial line turned pro-government overnight.
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