Police officers guard the entrance as they raid an office of Koza Ipek Group in Ankara, Turkey, Sept. 1, 2015. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Turkish authorities have shut down media businesses seized last year from Koza Ipek Holding, a conglomerate linked to a U.S.-based preacher accused of plotting against President Tayyip Erdogan, according to an exchange filing.The state seized Koza Ipek and its media outlets, including the newspaper Bugun and television station Kanalturk, in October on suspicion of financial irregularities, prompting criticism from rights groups in Turkey and abroad.Koza Ipek's current management could not immediately be reached for further comment beyond the stock exchange filing.Once critical of Erdogan, Bugun and sister paper Millet turned pro-government the day after state-appointed management sacked most of the staff just days before a Nov. 1 election.
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