The press card of veteran journalists Amberin Zaman has been cancelled by the Prime Ministry’s Directorate General of Press and Information due to a tweet she posted in the aftermath of a nightclub attack in İstanbul in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

The number of cancelled press cards has now reached 623.

Zaman posted a series of tweets in the aftermath of the nightclub attack in İstanbul, which claimed the lives of 39 people,

“Since the YPG [People’s Protection Units] and the SDG [Syrian Democratic Forces] are the most effective force against ISIL, the US is cooperating with them but when you mention this, you are treated as a ‘traitor.’ I wonder whether attacks on the YPG and SDG, which are the most effective forces against ISIL, will continue,” Zaman wrote in her tweets.

ISIL claimed responsibility for the İstanbul nightclub attack.

In September 2016, Turkish authorities cancelled the permanent press cards of 115 journalists for their alleged links to the Gülen movement, the state run Anadolu news agency reported.

Nazlı Ilıcak, Ergun Babahan, Alaeddin Kaya, Mustafa Ünal, Şirin Kabakçı, Abdullah Aymaz, Celal Azmi Kalyoncu and Ömer Şahin were among the 115 journalists whose press credentials were revoked.

Following the nightclub attack, which claimed the lives of 39 people, Zaman wrote in a series of tweets that Syrian Kurds are the most effective force against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

ISIL claimed responsibility for the İstanbul nightclub attack.

“Since the YPG [People’s Protection Units] and the SDG [Syrian Democratic Forces] are the most effective force against ISIL, the US is cooperating with them but when you mention this, you are treated as a ‘traitor.’ I wonder whether attacks on the YPG and SDG, which are the most effective forces against ISIL, will continue,” Zaman wrote in her tweets.