Turkish police raided the offices of a Ankara-based media group known to be critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
On Tuesday, Turkish police raided Koza-Ipek media resulting in the arrests of six people. A warrant has been issued for the conglomerate’s chief executive, Akin Ipek.
Ipek Media Group owns the Turkish dailies Bugun and Millet, the television channels stations Bugun TV and Kanalturk and the website BGNNews.com.
A tweet by the Editor-in-Chief of the Bugün daily, Erhan Başyurt, said that, “the operation has come right after we revealed the illegal shipment of weapons to ISIL.”
The Bugün daily wrote that video footage revealed a large amount of materials, including explosives, construction pipes and plates, were being transferred to the Islamic State group from Turkey’s Akçakale border gate in the southeastern Şanlıurfa province, while Turkish customs officials just stood idly by and watched.
Police wearing masks entered twenty three offices and Ipek University in Ankara belonging to its parent company Koza Ipek Holding claiming that the raid is part of a terrorist investigation tied to US based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.
Ipek has been accused of “providing financial support to and disseminating propaganda for a terrorist organisation”.