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Report: Turkish police detain journalists, officers in raids targeting moderate Islamic group

  • People gather in support inside the headquarters of Zaman newspaper in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, hours after police launched raids in a dozen cities, detaining around 20 people including journalists, television producers and police known to be close to a movement led by a U.S.-based moderate Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen. The government accuses the Gulen's movement, a former ally, of orchestrating an alleged plot to try and bring down the government. It says the group's followers were behind corruption allegations that last year forced four ministers to resign. The placards read: "Free media cannot be silenced!" (AP Photo)

    People gather in support inside the headquarters of Zaman newspaper in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, hours after police launched raids in a dozen cities, detaining around 20 people including journalists, television producers and police known to be close to a movement led by a U.S.-based moderate Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen. The government accuses the Gulen's movement, a former ally, of orchestrating an alleged plot to try and bring down the government. It says the group's followers were behind corruption allegations that last year forced four ministers to resign. The placards read: "Free media cannot be silenced!" (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ekrem Dumanli, editor-in-chief of  Zaman newspaper, speaks to the media in his office in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, hours after police launched raids in a dozen cities, detaining over 20 people, including journalists, television producers and police known to be close to a movement led by a U.S.-based moderate Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen. The government accuses the Gulen's movement, a former ally, of orchestrating an alleged plot to try and bring down the government. It says the group's followers were behind corruption allegations that last year forced four ministers to resign. The placards read: "Free media cannot be silenced!" (AP Photo)

    Ekrem Dumanli, editor-in-chief of Zaman newspaper, speaks to the media in his office in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, hours after police launched raids in a dozen cities, detaining over 20 people, including journalists, television producers and police known to be close to a movement led by a U.S.-based moderate Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen. The government accuses the Gulen's movement, a former ally, of orchestrating an alleged plot to try and bring down the government. It says the group's followers were behind corruption allegations that last year forced four ministers to resign. The placards read: "Free media cannot be silenced!" (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • People gather in support outside Zaman newspaper in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, hours after police launched raids in a dozen cities, detaining around 20 people including journalists, television producers and police known to be close to a movement led by a U.S.-based moderate Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen. The government accuses the Gulen's movement, a former ally, of orchestrating an alleged plot to try and bring down the government. It says the group's followers were behind corruption allegations that last year forced four ministers to resign. The placards read: "Free media cannot be silenced!" (AP Photo)

    People gather in support outside Zaman newspaper in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, hours after police launched raids in a dozen cities, detaining around 20 people including journalists, television producers and police known to be close to a movement led by a U.S.-based moderate Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen. The government accuses the Gulen's movement, a former ally, of orchestrating an alleged plot to try and bring down the government. It says the group's followers were behind corruption allegations that last year forced four ministers to resign. The placards read: "Free media cannot be silenced!" (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Turkey's state-run news agency says police have launched simultaneous raids in a dozen cities, detaining at least 23 people — including journalists, television producers and police — known to be close to a movement led by a U.S.-based a moderate Islamic cleric

The government accuses the cleric Fethullah Gulen's movement, a former ally, of orchestrating an alleged plot to try and bring down the government. It says the group's followers were behind corruption allegations that last year forced four Cabinet ministers to resign.

The Anadolu Agency says a court has issued a warrant to arrest 32 people connected to the group and 23 of them were detained in raids early Sunday.