CNN Türk Turns to Facebook Live as Military Take Over Studio [Updated]

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CNN Türk was forced to halt its coverage of the coup in Turkey after soldiers entered the studio. But its Facebook live feed was still running and viewers could see some of what transpired.


According to The Guardian, a group of soldiers landed at the Dogan Media Center, where the studios of CNN Türk are located, and entered the studio, forcing anchors out of their chairs and workers out of the building. The station was providing updates via its Twitter feed. Gawker reported that journalists resisted, and several people were heard screaming on air.

According to Borzou Daragahi, a BuzzFeed reporter in the Middle East, one journalist was shot in the takeover.

At one point, the Facebook live feed showed an empty desk and chair and there were sounds of crowds chanting from outside the studio. The stream has since resumed, with Erdogan Aktas back at the desk (he was hosting at the time the soldiers started evacuating people).

It’s not just CNN Türk that has been hit. Other Instanbul-based publications have been forced to stop operations by the military. Emre Kizilkaya, an Istanbul-based journalist who works for the Hurriyet Gazetesi, said that soldiers entered the building and have taken some of his colleagues as hostages.


UPDATE (11:25 p.m.): Business Insider reported that CNN was able to get back on the air after pro-government protesters retook the building.

[Verge, The Guardian]


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