With dozens of journalists under arrest, pending arrest orders on the way and multiple news outlets shut down, accused of aligning themselves with the Gulen movement, where will Turkey draw the line with its current media purge?

While journalists were being arrested, while the newspapers weren't able to function and a climate of fear was spreading, the Gulen movement was telling the world that there is democracy and free press in Turkey.

Ismail Saymaz, Investigative journalist, Hurriyet

The movement, led by self-exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, is in turn accused of trying to create a parallel state in Turkey and of masterminding last month's coup attempt.

As the government deals with those who threatened the democracy of a justly elected power, the question being asked is whether the government's reaction might be doing the same by suppressing the media's supposed freedom of speech? 

Where some protest what may seem like a harsh reaction, an overcasting of the judiciary web, others, like Harun Armagan of the AK party, see the arrests as a necessary course of action. 

"We have to understand that this was one of the biggest attacks that happened in the modern history of Turkey," says Armagan. "Our parliament was bombed, over 200 people, women, children and men were killed in the streets of Istanbul and Ankara. So this is not a purge. This is not something like taking revenge. No; this is only a judicial process after a terrorist attack." 

However, President Tayyip Erdogan's troubles with the media didn't begin this last month or even this year. Until four years ago, President Erdogan and Gulen worked hand-in-hand, giving many Gulenist outlets the power and platform to grow - something Erdogan apologised for publicly very recently. 

"The pressure on Turkish media didn't begin on the 15th of July. Since 2007, there has been intensive pressure on the mainstream media. And up until 2012, the Gulen movement itself was in part responsible," says investigative journalist for Hurriyet, Ismail Saymaz. 

As Turkey continues to face the backlash from the coup and conspiracy theories about where the idea originated, distrust in the media and a sceptical view of all parties also festers among the public and journalists alike - but to what end?

Talking us through the story are: Gulnur Aybet, professor of international relations at Bahcesehir University; Mahir Zeynalov, journalist; Ismail Saymaz, investigative journalist, Hurriyet; Harun Armagan, AK party.

Source: Al Jazeera