Turkish authorities issued detention warrants for 42 journalists on Monday as part of the investigation into the failed military coup on July 15, local television channels reported. Among those targeted includes journalist and former parliamentarian Nazli Ilicak.

Reports also said 62 children were arrested and charged with treason. All these children, aged 14 to 17, are from Kuleli Military school in Istanbul, reported Daily Mail. The teenagers were said to have links with Fetullah Terrorist Organisation. Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen was accused of being behind the attempted coup.

On Saturday, Erdogan issued the first decree after a three-month emergency was declared and ordered closure of more than 1,000 private schools and many charities, unions and medical centres. It also extended the legal detention time of a suspect from four days to 30 days. Ever since the failed coup, Turkish authorities have suspended, detained or placed under investigation more than 60,000 soldiers, police, judges, teachers, civil servants and others. '

In an interview to FRANCE 24, Erdogan said the emergency powers were necessary to help crack down on “separatist terrorist organisations.”