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Threats to subscribers force Zaman Germany to cease publishing

The Turkish-language Zaman newspaper has decided to halt its operations in Germany after its readers received threats over their subscriptions to the paper, Deutsche Welle (DW) reported on Friday.

“Our subscribers are being visited; they are being threatened that if they continue to subscribe, they will have problems,” Süleyman Bağ, an executive at the paper, told DW.

Bağ was further quoted as saying that the current situation in Turkey, where the government is carrying out a wide-ranging media purge, was spilling over into Germany.

It is not yet known whether the newspaper will maintain its online edition.

The Zaman French and Belgian newspapers had earlier stopped publishing due to threats

Turkish government shut down Turkey’s once best-selling newspaper Zaman over its ties to the Gulen Movement, which it accuses of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt. Back then, trademark issues prevented Turkish government from having an action against the overseas editions of Zaman.

The Istanbul headquarters of Zaman have been the target of ruling AKP supporters as protesters have gathered in front of its offices chanting slogans on many occasions in recent years.