Turkish president Erdogan says media raids a response to 'dirty' plot, dismisses European Union criticism

December 15, 2014 9:25 PM

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Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan has defended weekend raids on media outlets close to a US-based Muslim cleric as a necessary response to "dirty operations" by the government's political enemies, and told a critical European Union to mind its own business.

Sunday's raids on the Zaman daily and Samanyolu television marked an escalation in Mr Erdogan's battle with former ally Fethullah Gulen.

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