Those fired included people in the justice ministry, the army, the air force, and academics.
On the dating show ban, the decree stated, “In radio and television broadcasting services, such programs in which people are introduced to find a friend …
It also ends opposition hopes that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may ease the crackdown and build greater national consensus after his narrow victory in a recent referendum to expand the power of his office. Those purged on Saturday were also accused of having connections to Mr. Goldstein was also a top party member and associate of Big Brother. The crackdown has also affected leftists, liberals and members of the secular opposition across most sections of public life, many of whom have long voiced their opposition to the Gulen movement.
Those in jail or out of a job include academics, public transport employees, teachers and at least 120 journalists — more than in any other country in the world.
The latest purge follows more than 47,000 people have been arrested and 100,000 have been terminated for alleged connections to terror organizations, and takes place with Turkey under a state of emergency resulting from last summer's failed "coup" attempt which Erdogan blamed on the "shadow state" directed by the cleric Fethullah Gulen, who currently resides in rural Pennsylvania.
The second decree, among other things, bans radio and television programs for "finding friends and spouses" according to AP."In radio and television broadcasting services, such programmes in which people are introduced to find a friend.... Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said in March that the ban was in the pipeline, arguing the shows do not fit in with Turkish traditions and customs."There are some strange programmes that would scrap the institution of family, take away its nobility and sanctity," Kurtulmus said at the time.The country's Official Gazette published the decrees on Saturday evening.The first named thousands of civil servants to be dismissed, including nearly 500 academics and more than 1,000 Turkish military personnel.While a hotly contested referendum earlier this month expanded Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s authoritarian powers — it appears the Justice and Development (AKP) party leader is wasting no time exercising them.Although his administration has led a major crackdown against its citizens since last July’s failed coup attempt, this Saturday saw nearly 4,000 public officials sacked, a ban placed on all dating shows in the country, as well as blocked access to Wikipedia.cannot be permitted.” Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus had alluded to the ban in March, arguing the shows do not fit in with Turkish traditions and customs.“There are some strange programs that would scrap the institution of family, take away its nobility and sanctity,” Kurtulmus said at the time.“God willing, in the near future, we will most likely remedy this with an emergency decree.” The dismissals and ban come after Turkey on April 26 detained more than 1,000 people and suspended over 9,100 police in new crackdown against alleged supporters of the U.An already nine month state of emergency in place since the coup bid has seen a total of 47,000 people arrested and prompted fears the crackdown is being used to go after all opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Gulen denies being behind the coup but the authorities argue the purges are needed to wipe out his “virus” from society.