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Kurdish Azadiya Welat Newspaper Banned
Again in Turkey
DIYARBAKIR, The Kurdish
region of Turkey, — Azadiya Welat, the only
nation-wide newspaper in Turkey publishing in
Kurdish, has been banned for the duration of 15
days. This is the ninth publication ban for the
daily. Its printing house in Diyarbakir was searched
by the police.
The publication of the Azadiya Welat newspaper was
suspended for the ninth time on 13 June. The daily
started publishing on 15 August 2006 and is the only
nation-wide newspaper published exclusively in
The Kurdish daily was banned for the duration of 15
days. Nine Azadiya Welat employees are still in
prison. On Monday (13 June), the police raided
Azadiya Welat, the only nation-wide newspaper in
Turkey publishing in Kurdish, has been banned for
the duration of 15 days.
the daily's printing house in Diyarbakir, a city in
the pre-dominantly Kurdish region of south-eastern
Turkey. As of Monday afternoon, the printing of the
newspaper was stopped.
As reported by the Fırat News Agency (ANF), the
Special Authority 12th High Criminal Court of
Istanbul decided for the seizure of all copies of
the 12th June issue and a 15-day suspension of
publication upon the demand of the Istanbul Public
Prosecution. The decision was based on news items
published in the issue of 12th June.
The court gave several reasons for the decision;
namely two articles entitled "The guerrilla will not
descent from the mountains until Öcalan will have
been released" and "We say it again: join us, let's
be united" that supposedly conveyed the opinions of
Murat Karayılan, Board Chair of the Union of
Kurdistan Communities (KCK),www.ekurd.netthe umbrella
organization that includes the armed outlawed
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The court decision
was furthermore based on a news item entitled
"brotherhood" that disclosed the code names of
deceased PKK members and allegedly spread
"propaganda for an illegal organization".
The court applied Article 25/2-3 of the Press Law
(confiscation and prohibition of distribution and
sale) as far as the confiscation of copies the 12th
June issue is concerned. The 15-day publication ban
was based on Article 6/last paragraph of the Turkish
Criminal Law (TCK) (committing a crime on behalf of
a criminal organization).
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