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Why is Turkey wasting its time arresting peace advocates?

The arrest of renowned author Asli Erdogan on terrorism charges generates questions about Turkey's arbitrary use of emergency law.
A woman holds a "Ozgur Gundem" newspaper in front of a police barricade on August 16, 2016 in Istanbul. 
A Turkish court has ordered the temporary closure of a newspaper accusing it of links with Kurdish militants and spreading terrorist propaganda. / AFP / YASIN AKGUL        (Photo credit should read YASIN AKGUL/AFP/Getty Images)

On Aug. 16, Ozgur Gundem, one of the few remaining independent news outlets in Turkey, was closed by a decision from Istanbul's 8th Court of Peace. Pro-government newspaper Sabah reported the news as “PKK’s [Kurdistan Workers Party] newspaper is shut down. It was a tool for both the PKK" and followers of self-exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen. Police raided the offices of Ozgur Gundem and the homes of several columnists and staff and detained them.

Some employees were taken into custody for “spreading terror propaganda,” according to the official explanations

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