Global Journalist: Turkey's Purge

Aug 18, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
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The attempted military coup against Turkey's democratically-elected government last month was plenty alarming.

But what's happened in the country since has many people worried as well. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government has arrested at least 6,000 people, and at least 60,000 more have been fired or suspended from their jobs.

The government has closed radio stations, charities, universities and even medical clinics.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the massive crackdown taking place in Turkey.


Joining the program:

  • Andrew Finkel, a freelance journalist who has written for The Guardian and Foreign Affairs and is a founder of the media rights group P24. His latest book is "Turkey: What Everyone Needs to Know."
  • Harun Armagan, a spokesman for President Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development party (AKP).
  • Aykan Erdemir, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a former member of Turkey's parliament from the opposition CHP party.
  • Ilhan Tanir, a reporter for the banned Turkish news site Haberdar