Turkey dismisses 10,000 civil servants and shuts down media outlets

Meanwhile, the Council of Europe has warned Turkey over its suggestion that the death penalty may be reintroduced

Turkey dismisses 10,000 civil servants and shuts down media outlets

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Turkish authorities are reported to have fired more than 10,000 civil servants and shut down more than a dozen media outlets as the fallout from July's failed coup continues.

Associated Press reports that a government decree shut down 15 predominantly pro-Kurdish media outlets.

According to The Guardian, a separate decree saw the thousands of civil servants dismissed over alleged links to US-based cleric Fethullah Gülen.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly accused the preacher and his movement of trying to overthrow his government, including the attempted coup earlier this year.

The cleric - who has been based in the US since 1999 - has denied the claims.

The state of emergency declared after the attempted coup has given the government sweeping powers to respond, which has seen tens of thousands of people arrested and thousands of civil servants dismissed.

On Friday, Hurriyet Daily News reported that Mr Erdoğan again stated that he would support the re-introduction of capital punishment in the wake of the coup.

Council of Europe spokesperson Daniel Holtgen today tweeted that the death penalty is incompatible with membership of the council, which Turkey is currently a member of.