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Police raid Jin news agency office in Diyarbakır

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The Jin news agency announced on Thursday that police had raided their office in Diyarbakır without disclosing the reason for the operation.

“The police first came around midnight, and they left because no one was at the office. Early in the morning, around 4 a.m. our office was raided again by the police, who broke down the door and searched every room,” the statement said.

“All the computers in the office were confiscated by the police, and we have been unable to learn the justification for the raid.”

On June 28 İstanbul police also raided the office of the sendika.org news website as part of an investigation into Editor-in-Chief Ali Ergin Demirhan, who was briefly detained on May 28 on accusations of promoting “terrorist propaganda” in a column titled “We can stop dictatorship.”

Turkey is ranked 157th among 180 countries in Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF) 2018 World Press Freedom Index.

Turkey is the biggest jailer of journalists in the world. As of July 7, 61 journalists had been convicted, while 179 are in pre-trial detention and 143 are the subject of outstanding detention warrants.

The government closed some 200 media outlets with government decrees issued after a coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, 2016.

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