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The president made the remarks at a panel session held at the Ankara Chamber of House (ATO) in connection with the first anniversary of the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey that failed to overthrow the legitimate government, an APA correspondent reported from Ankara. "We have to acknowledge that".

Turkey dismissed more than 7,000 police, civil servants and academics on Friday, the eve of the anniversary of last year's attempted coup.

"Opposition journalists write a lot of insulting articles about me".

Erdogan insisted that "only two" of these supposed journalists behind bars are valid press card holders.

Other ministers, including Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, are also mentioned in the file.

Turkey's justice ministry said on Friday that the European Court of Human Rights had rejected half of the almost 25,000 appeals submitted by Turkish citizens affected by the purge following last year's failed coup.

"A commission that is linked to a political office can not decide whether I am a journalist".

The Turkish government counted 265 deaths the night of July 15 and has hosted events all week to commemorate the victims and celebrate the failure of the attempt.

In May, Erdogan has reportedly issued a warning that no foreign captives would be released unless their respective governments met his demands to extradite his political enemies.

"It was disappointing for Turkey to feel the lack of full support of its long-standing western allies right after the coup [attempt]", said Celik.

Anti-terror police seized Avci at his Istanbul home and also seized another man identified as a fugitive sought for being a user of ByLock, an encrypted messaging app Ankara says was used by Gulen's followers, the agency added.

Since the PKK resumed its armed campaign against Turkey in July 2015, it has been responsible for the deaths of some 1,200 Turkish security personnel and civilians, including many women and children.

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