Through the decrees, elections to choose a rector at the universities have also been abolished. President Tayyip Erdogan will directly appoint the rectors from the candidates nominated by the High Educational BoardReuters

Turkey shut more than a dozen news outlets and tightened its anti-terrorism laws in an expansion of its crackdown following the botched July 15 coup, Bloomberg reported.

The government also fired more than 10,000 additional people from jobs in the education, health and justice ministries as part of its effort to purge the civil service of employees with alleged links to the US-based cleric, Fethullah Gulen, whom it accuses of masterminding the takeover attempt.

A total of 10 newspapers, two news agencies and three magazines were closed, most centered in the Kurdish-dominated southeast, according to a decree published Saturday in the Official Gazette.

Turkish prosecutors will now be able to record conversations between people convicted of terrorism and their lawyers, seize the audio tapes and limit attorney-client communication in terrorism cases, according to a separate decree.

The latest round of civil service dismissals brings to more than 100,000 the number of people suspended or removed from jobs in the security services, judiciary, Finance Ministry and schools since the coup attempt.

A state of emergency imposed right after the bloody failed coup in July has been extended for another three months until January after President Tayyip Erdogan said the authorities needed more time to eradicate the threat posed by Gulen's network as well as Kurdish militants who have waged a 32-year insurgency.

The total number of media outlets shut down since the start of the state of emergency has now exceeded 160.

The extent of the crackdown has worried rights groups and some Western allies, who fear Erdogan is using it to curtail dissent. The government says the actions are justified by the threat to the state on July 15, when more than 240 people died.