As the Turkish government acknowledges an overdose in post-coup probes…

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on Aug. 8 that the government would establish "crisis desks" in order to hear complaints about "unfair" detentions, suspensions and dismissals from office in the probes following the bloody failed coup attempt of July 15.

The move comes amid criticism inside and outside Turkey that the probes pursuing followers of the U.S.-based Islamist scholar Fethullah Gülen, accused of being the mastermind behind the coup attempt, have morphed into a wider witch-hunt. There are rising criticisms saying the detentions and dismissals are going far beyond the coup attempt and suspected Gülenists who might have been linked to the plot, and have started to affect many unrelated opponents of the government - from leftist teachers to lawyers.

Indeed, even President Tayyip Erdoğan himself has said the media should stop wildly labelling people "Gülenists" at will - a tendency particularly seen in pro-government media and social media accounts. The word in Ankara is that Erdoğan made that comment after hearing that a professor of medicine in Ankara's Hacettepe University Hospital was dismissed based on slander by two jealous colleagues.

"Slander" is actually the word used by social democratic main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu to refute a report in the pro-government daily Sabah on Aug. 8, which had claimed that four CHP deputies had visited Gülen where he lives in Pennsylvania before the 2015 election.

Categorically denying the claim, Kılıçdaroğlu said he had never asked any of his MPs to visit Gülen, and after talking to them himself he also understood that they did not go of their own accord. He said they would now open libel cases against the columnist and newspaper in...

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