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The Radio and Television Supreme Council ruled that TV channels broadcasting from Kurdistan Regional Government be removed from Türksat satellite. The reason of the decision made at the time of the independence referendum was explained.
The channels removed were Rudaw TV, Kurdistan24 TV and Waar TV.
Citing RTÜK officials, state-run Anadolu Agency reported that “The expression ‘Bakûre Kurdistane’ that means north Kurdistan under the names of ‘Amed’ and ‘Wan’ was used in the weather forecast broadcasted on July 16” was the reason of the removal.
The justification put forward for the removal of Rudaw TV was that “the aforementioned TV channel broadcasts in favor of PKK/YPG (Kurdistan Workers’ Party/Peoples’ Protection Units)”.
The report added the RTÜK gave the TV channels 48 hours to fix these issues. (HK/TK)
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