Local TV taken off air for playing 200-year-old Kurdish song
A 200-year-old Kurdish song caused the closure last week of a television station operating in southeastern Turkey, home to the country’s Kurdish population. Gun-TV was taken off air on Friday for one month after broadcasting the song.
Turkish is the only language allowed on national television but the EU has constantly pressed Ankara to allow Kurdish-language television for its large Kurdish minority as part of reforms needed to join the union. The Turkish press has reported that the minister responsible for the media was preparing a daily one-hour Kurdish-language news program to be broadcast on one of the five public television channels. But local journalists in the region remain sceptical.
Another two independent newspapers in the province of Diyarbakir are also struggling to ensure they stay on the right side of authorities, as are two local TV channels, including Gun-TV.