With several top government officials urging citizens to report sympathizers of Gülen movement to law enforcement authorities, the number of people informing on suspected Gülenists to Turkey’s national intelligence (MİT) service skyrocketed from some 2,000 to nearly 10,000 after the July 15 coup attempt.
As the government holds the Gülen movement responsible for a failed coup on July 15, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım along with many other government officials have called on people to report sympathizers of it authorities on many occasions.
According to Habertürk daily, number of tip submitted to MİT hovered around 2,000 per month prior to the July 15. The corresponding number surged to 7,000 in whole July and to 15,000 in August. The organization receives tips via a form embedded in its menu tab called “How You Can Help.”
Meanwhile, the number of single users to MİT’s official website rose from its monthly average of 90,000 in May and June to 222,000 in July and 250,000 in August.