World Bulletin / News Desk
The website -- www.gulencharterschools.weebly.com -- has been inaccessible since Feb. 26, when service provider Weebly took it down following a copyright infringement notice from Istanbul-based Turkish language news website, haberyildizi.com.
A website linked to the investigative site has claimed the copyright claim is “fraudulent”.
The Gulen movement, which is known as the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) in Turkey, has been accused of orchestrating last July’s attempted coup in Turkey that led to 248 deaths.
Headed by Pennsylvania-based Fetullah Gulen, the organization has established a network of schools and other educational institutions, as well as businesses, around the world.
Ankara has accused the group of being behind a long-standing drive to usurp the Turkish state by infiltrating its organs, especially the police, military, judiciary and education system, and has submitted a request for Gulen’s extradition.
In addition, some Gulenist schools in the U.S. are the subject of an FBI investigation launched in 2014 into employment and financial irregularities.
Gulenist schools have reportedly received hundreds of millions of dollars in public funding.
The blocked website had provided information on more than 140 Gulen charter schools in 26 states.
According to its sister site -- turkishinvitations.weebly.com -- it was “wrongfully taken down by our hosting service Weebly because of a fraudulent DMCA [Digital Millennium Copyright Act] complaint originating from Turkey.”