Turkey's Erdoğan Shuts Down Media Outlets, Detains Thousands

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This picture taken on July 25, 2016, shows scarves with the effigy of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for a rally against the military coup in Ankara.  (Photo: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images))

The Turkish government ordered the closing of 131 media outlets and dismissed nearly 1,700 military personnel on Wednesday. The actions come as part of a state of emergency that was instituted after a failed military coup to unseat President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan earlier this month. In the weeks since the coup attempt, Erdoğan has purged tens of thousands of government employees and jailed thousands of people. Human rights groups claim that Erdoğan is using the bid to unseat him as a chance to silence -- and detain -- his critics. We'll get the latest on the situation in Turkey.

Guests:

Dion Nissenbaum, correspondent based in Istanbul, The Wall Street Journal

Amberin Zaman, journalist and columnist, Al-Monitor and Diken; Public Policy Fellow, The Wilson Center

Steven A. Cook, senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; author, "Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey"

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