Turkish anti-riot police officers stand guard in front of the headquarters of Turkish daily newspaper Zaman in Istanbul on March 5, 2016, after Turkish authorities seized the headquarters in a midnight raid. / AFP / OZAN KOSE
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A leading Turkish newspaper which had staunchly opposed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan printed Sunday its first new edition since its seizure by authorities, strongly supporting the government line.Turkish police on Friday raided the Istanbul premises of the Zaman newspaper using tear gas and water cannon to enter the building in order to impose a court order placing the media business under administration. The front page of the paper, normally strongly critical of the president, on Sunday was full of articles supporting the government. With an estimated circulation of 650,000, the newspaper has been closely affiliated with Erdogan's enemy, exiled Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, believed to be wielding significant influence in the police and judiciary, as well as media and financial interests.
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