Detention warrants issued for 34 former TRT employees over ByLock use

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The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has issued detention warrants for 34 former employees of the state-run Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) on allegations that they use a smart phone application known as ByLock, the t24 news website reported on Wednesday.

The former TRT employees are accused of having links to the faith-based Gülen movement,  alleged by the Turkish government of having organized a failed coup attempt last July, a claim the movement denies.

Turkish authorities believe using ByLock is a sign of being a Gülen follower as they see the mobile phone application as the top communication tool among Gülen followers.

Tens of thousands of civil servants, police officers and businessmen have either been dismissed or arrested for using ByLock since the failed coup attempt.

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