Turkey dismisses 367 officials, closes 2 TV channels

Ankara, Jan 23 (IANS) The Turkish government on Monday issued a decree closing down two television channels and dismissed 367 officials for endangering national security.

The decree also announced the creation of a commission of investigation as part of the state of emergency in force since July 2016, to deal with cases of officials dismissed by this measure, Efe news reported.

In addition, 124 other public employees, expelled in previous decrees, were re-admitted in the new decree.

The majority of the dismissed employees come mainly from the ministry of the interior, municipal governments and the department of religious affairs.

Kanal 12 and On4 TV, two local television channels, were closed for “working against the national security” and their ownership was transferred to the state treasury.