A Turkish court on Thursday ordered the seizure of all assets of 54 journalists over their alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement.
The decision was made by the İstanbul 11th Penal Court of Peace.
Some of the journalists are already under arrest, but they have not yet stood trial and have not even been indicted.
Most of the journalists whose assets will be seized are from media organizations that were closed down by the government in the aftermath of a coup attempt on July 15 due to their alleged links to the Gülen movement.
Zaman daily journalists Veysel Ayhan, Mustafa Ünal, Şahin Alpay, Nuriye Ural, Mümtaz’er Türköne and Süleyman Sargın as well as the editor-in-chief of the Today’s Zaman newspaper, Sevgi Akarçeşme, are among the journalists whose assets will be seized. Both Zaman and Today’s Zaman were closed down by a government decree following the coup attempt on July 15.