Independent TV channel pulled from Turkish airwaves over alleged terrorism propaganda
- IMC TV was pulled from the air in the middle of an interview with Can Dundar and Erdem Gul, two Turkish journalists recently freed after intense public outcry over their arrest.
- State-owned Turksat, Turkey’s satellite provider, shuttered the channel at the request of an Ankara prosecutor leading an investigation over sympathy towards the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK).
- The blackout occurs as the Turkish government continues to crack down on critical media, including IMC’s extensive coverage of the Kurdish conflict, opposition politicians, and environmental protests.
“İMC TV goes off air after prosecutor sends Türksat suspension order” (Today’s Zaman)
“Turkey turns off independent TV channel on ‘terrorist’ charge” (Reuters)
(Image Credit: via Today’s Zaman)