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Owner of closed Kurdish daily detained in Diyarbakır

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Ramazan Ölçen, owner of the now-closed-down Kurdish daily Azadiya Welat, was detained in a police raid on his Diyarbakır home on Saturday.

No reason was cited for his detention according to Kurdish news websites.

The paper was among the 15 pro-Kurdish media outlets closed down by a decree issued in October 2016.

The crackdown on the Kurdish media and political movement gained momentum after a failed coup on July 15, 2016 in Turkey.

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