Trustees Appointed to Zaman Media Group In Turkey

zamannA trustee panel has been appointed to a media group considered to be linked to U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, who the Turkish president accuses of heading a “terrorist organization” aiming to topple the government.

The Istanbul 6th Criminal Court of Peace ordered Feza Gazetecilik, a media group that publishes dailies Zaman and Today’s Zaman, to be placed under a trustee panel on March 4 upon a directive by the prosecutor’s office in Istanbul.

Gülen is accused by leading figures from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and lawmakers from his inner circle of forming and heading a terrorist organization to topple the Turkish government, with the U.S.-based cleric’s alleged followers working as insiders in the police and other state institutions.

The move drew immediate reactions from press organizations and lawmakers, as well as journalism advocate organizations abroad.