Zaman employees begin first day of job after takeover under heavy police presence

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Employees working for the Feza Media Group were allowed to enter the building after an ID check by police, which have been standing guard inside and outside the building since Friday night when trustees took control of the group, Today’s Zaman reported.

Zaman employees were allowed to enter the building at 8 a.m.

“This is how we, journos, are supposed to do our job. Under special ops standing guard, police inside #Zaman offices,” Today’s Zaman Ankara representative Abdullah Bozkurt tweeted on Saturday morning with a photo showing police standing guard in the entrance of the building while holding his heavy gun.

Police erected fences and are standing watch in front of the headquarters of Turkey’s largest-circulation newspaper a day after it used tear gas and water cannons to storm the building and enforce a court-ordered seizure.

An İstanbul court appointed trustees over the Feza Media Group, which includes Zaman newspaper, Today’s Zaman and the Cihan News Agency on Friday amid increasing pressure on critical media groups by the government.

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