Seized Turkish newspaper adopts pro-government line

ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey's largest-circulation newspaper has adopted a more pro-government line in its first edition since a court ordered it to be seized, a move which has heightened fears over deteriorating media freedom in the country.

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Police stormed the headquarters of the Zaman opposition newspaper Friday to enforce a court decision to place it and its sister outlets under the management of trustees. The step sparked two days of protests which police dispersed using tear gas and water cannons.

The newspaper was linked to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's top foe, the U.S. based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. Its take-over is part of a wider state crackdown on his movement.

The newspaper's top story Sunday described how Erdogan attended a ceremony marking a key phase in the construction of a bridge in Istanbul.



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