The building that once served as the headquarters of the government-seized Zaman daily, will soon be transferred to Istanbul’s Bakırköy Courthouse as an additional service building.
According to an e-mail sent out to the courthouse’s employees last week, Bakırköy Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office is in process of taking over the building in the Yenibosna neighborhood of İstanbul.
Zaman daily was shut down by the Turkish government as part of closures and operations targeting the media after a botched coup attempt on July 15, 2016 in Turkey. Its building has been empty since then.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed some 240 people and wounded a thousand others. While the government accuses Gülen of engineering the putsch, he has repeatedly denied such claims, condemning any intervention into democratically elected governments.
The accusations against Gülen are nothing new. When the government seized the Zaman newspaper in March 2016 over links to Gülen, it changed its editorial policy into one strongly supporting the government.