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Turkey coup: CNN Turk pulled off air by military

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An anchor for CNN Türk, the Turkish outlet for CNN, was pulled off the air during the attempted military coup in Turkey Friday night.

While CNN Türk has now resumed its broadcast, the official English-language Twitter feed for the network confirmed the incident as it was happening earlier. “BREAKING Coup plotters are ending @cnnturk’s broadcast now. #TurkeyCoupAttempt,” it tweeted 13 minutes later. One anchor reportedly said “we don’t know how much longer we can continue our broadcast” as soldiers entered the studio, according to CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

The account later tweeted that civilians had entered the building and “there is a struggle ongoing.

A handful of members inside the Doğan Media Center building in the Turkish capital of Ankara live streamed soldiers entering the news building and were directing people to file out. 


After showing a feed of the empty studio and background noise playing, anchors eventually returned, put on microphones, and resumed their broadcast around 4:30 a.m. local time.

CNN Türk wasn’t the only media organization invaded by soldiers. A journalist for Hürriyet tweeted and took photos of soldiers entering the building of the major newspaper. Another reporter added that the paper would not be printed on Saturday due to the coup.

A part of the Turkish military attempted to overthrow and assume control of the democratically elected government on Friday night. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the group “a minority within the armed forces” and promised the perpetrators “will pay a heavy price for their treason to Turkey,” according to The New York Times.

Here’s a recap on what happened at the studio.