Erdogan for BBC: Only two journalists are imprisoned in Turkey

Erdogan for BBC: Only two journalists are imprisoned in Turkey

Turkey dismissed more than 7,000 police, civil servants and academics on Friday, the eve of the anniversary of last year's attempted coup.

Five Swedish lawmakers have filed a legal complaint accusing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast, AFP reported.

Saturday will see Turkey hold a major programme of events to mark the coup attempt, blamed by the authorities on US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen.

But shortly after the mega-summit ended, Erdogan, who met Trump at the event, told a news conference that Turkey was no longer a certain candidate and suggested other members of the "G19" also had doubts.

None of that mattered during the three-and-a-half months she was in jail.

Erdogan, who was on holiday on the coast at Marmaris, made the most of his freedom and contacted a journalist and did an interview on Facebook Live, which was broadcast on satellite television.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim was quoted by the state-run Anadolu news agency as saying the government was proposing to the national security council to extend the state of emergency.

"We have to celebrate this victory of the people, how they overcame the tanks, and how they stood for their democracy". Lawyers say it could take years to work through.

"No one is jailed because of journalism here".

Erdogan said the charges stemmed from intelligence gathered by police.

But one year later, many are disheartened by how things have panned out. Even recently they did it during the [justice] march. Now believed to be living in the United States he is the subject of a Turkish arrest warrant.

Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, has repeatedly denied his involvement and Erdogan has been accused of exploiting the coup to get rid of Gulenists and other opponents.

Turkey insists the post-coup crackdown is necessary to tackle the threat they say is posed by the Gulen movement, but activists and Western governments have criticised it as excessive.

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