Turkish police on Sunday arrested the editor of the country's biggest selling newspaper and at least two dozen other media figures in a new crackdown on supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's exiled rival, Fethullah Gulen.
At least 25 people were held in raids across Turkey, including Ekrem Dumanli, the editor-in-chief of Zaman whose arrest in Istanbul was broadcast live on television.
Those held include an executive of Samanyolu television, also seen as close to Gulen, as well as a TV director, producers, scriptwriters and some police officers. Arrest warrants were issued for a total of 32 people, the official Anatolia news agency reported.
He warned Friday he would "pursue them (Gulen supporters) in their lairs".
But plain clothes officers returned a few hours later, detaining a defiant Dumanli, as the crowd chanted: "The free press cannot be silenced."
"Sadly in 21st century Turkey this is the treatment a media group with tens of television and radio stations, internet media and magazines receives."
Last week Fuat Avni, believed to a government official, warned his followers that police were set to detain some 400 people, including 150 journalists. Late Saturday, he went on to publish the names of those journalists, some of whom were among those rounded up.
"The process that we are going through is not something faced in healthy democracies. This is a coup process," he told reporters, vowing to be on the side of the victims.
In an apparent reference to Gulen supporters, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Sunday: "Today is a day of test. Everyone will pay for what they have done and their anti-democratic behaviour."
Health Minister Mehmet Muezzingolu echoed Davuoglu and said: "Turkey is a state of law. If someone does wrong, they pay a price."
It came a year after the vast corruption probe was launched on December 17, 2013, that saw the arrests of dozens of leading businessmen and political figures close to Erdogan, then prime minister.
The president, accused by critics of becoming increasingly authoritarian, managed to stall the investigation by sacking thousands of police and scores of judges and pushing through laws tightening state control over the judiciary and the Internet.