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Rights group: Turkey silencing media in post-coup crackdown

  • FILE - In this file photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, the journalists of the IMC-TV gather in their Istanbul office after their television channel was shut down. A dozen police officers, joined by officials from Turkey's treasury and the county's broadcasting watchdog, marched into the headquarters of the pro-Kurdish IMC-TV television station, sealed off the control rooms and forced the channel off the air during a live program on democracy. Turkey has “all but silenced independent media” in an accelerating crackdown on journalists who are being detained on “bogus charges” including terrorism, an international rights group said Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this file photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, the journalists of the IMC-TV gather in their Istanbul office after their television channel was shut down. A dozen police officers, joined by officials from Turkey's treasury and the county's broadcasting watchdog, marched into the headquarters of the pro-Kurdish IMC-TV television station, sealed off the control rooms and forced the channel off the air during a live program on democracy. Turkey has “all but silenced independent media” in an accelerating crackdown on journalists who are being detained on “bogus charges” including terrorism, an international rights group said Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - A Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 photo from files showing journalists and lawmakers holding copies of Cumhuriyet newspaper outside its Istanbul headquarters after police detained chief editor Murat Sabuncu and two columnists of Turkey's opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper and had warrants to detain 10 other senior staff members, in Istanbul,  the state-run-Anadolu Agency reported. Turkey has “all but silenced independent media” in an accelerating crackdown on journalists who are being detained on “bogus charges” including terrorism, an international rights group said Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)

    FILE - A Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 photo from files showing journalists and lawmakers holding copies of Cumhuriyet newspaper outside its Istanbul headquarters after police detained chief editor Murat Sabuncu and two columnists of Turkey's opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper and had warrants to detain 10 other senior staff members, in Istanbul, the state-run-Anadolu Agency reported. Turkey has “all but silenced independent media” in an accelerating crackdown on journalists who are being detained on “bogus charges” including terrorism, an international rights group said Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)  (The Associated Press)

An international rights group says Turkey has "all but silenced independent media" in an accelerating crackdown on journalists who are being detained on "bogus charges" including terrorism.

Human Rights Watch said in a new report released Thursday that the media crackdown sharpened in the wake the failed July 15 coup.

HRW's Europe and Central Asia director, Hugh Williamson, said that "the Turkish government and president's systematic effort to silence media in the country is all about preventing public scrutiny."

He said 148 journalist and media workers have been detained under the state of emergency.

Turkish officials didn't immediately comment on the report.

The government says it is fighting a multi-prong war on "terrorists," a term used in reference to coup backers, Kurdish militants and the Islamic State group.