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Turkish Daily Turns Pro-Government After State Takeover

A man lies on the pavement after Turkish antiriot police officers fired tear gas to disperse supporters in front of the headquarters of the Turkish daily newspaper Zaman in Istanbul on March 5.

Turkey's largest newspaper has published its first edition since being taken over by the state, with a string of pro-government articles.

The front page of the March 6 edition of Zaman bears an image of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and includes two articles about his planned visit to the site of a bridge being built across the Bosphorus and his reception to mark International Women's Day.

On March 4, police raided the offices of Zaman -- previously linked to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, Erdogan's most influential foe -- after a court ruled that the daily should now be run by administrators. The decision was reportedly taken at the request of a prosecutor investigating Gulen's movement on terrorism charges.

Police in Istanbul used tear gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets on March 5 to disperse some 500 demonstrators protesting the forceful takeover of the newspaper.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters