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CNN Türk used Facebook Live to broadcast its own takeover during a military coup

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CNN Türk, the Turkish affiliate of the global news channel, was taken over by soldiers during the country’s attempted military coup on Friday night. The channel’s staff broadcast the scene on Facebook Live.

“We don’t know how much longer we can continue our broadcast,” an anchor told viewers, before being chased from the studio at about the 37 minute mark.

The Facebook feed then showed an empty studio with shouting audible in the background.

Separate video from the CNN newsroom shows the situation evolved into a near riot after soldiers were attacked by an angry mob, and police in black vests stepped in to protect them.

Another CNN video shows men in police with rifles in the newsroom, journalists leaving their cubicles, and desks being overturned.

The news channel, created in 1999, is owned by Doğan Media Group, part of a conglomerate controlled by a Turkish billionaire, and licenses the CNN name.

Journalists eventually regained control of the newsroom, but not before one journalist was reportedly shot.

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