28 Jul 16

Failed Coup Leaves Both Turkey and Balkan Shaken

The impact of the failed coup and the huge subsequent crackdown in Turkey is having an impact that extends well beyond the country’s frontiers.

Hamdi Fırat Büyük BIRN Ankara
Photo: AP/Beta.

The Turkish government on Wednesday ordered the closure of scores of media organizations, including newspapers, news agencies, radio and TV channels, as well as publishing houses, in the latest chapter of its broad crackdown following the failed coup on July 15.

Earlier, President Recep Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency, enabling the government to suspend and or arrest more than 60,000 people from the army, police, judiciary, bureaucracy, education system, NGOs and the media.

The scale of this ongoing “cleansing” operation has been broad enough to prompt many Turks - as well as concerned onlookers across the world – to wonder when and how the crackdown will end, and what kind of country Turkey will then be.

Over the last decade, Turkey has become an important player on the regional and global scene.

With its key geostrategic position, lively economy and the strong military, it is a key member of NATO, a crucial ally in the global anti-terrorist effort and important partner for Balkan countries. Thus, interest in its fate extends well beyond its close to 80 million inhabitants.

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