Call for solidarity with Kurdish media

The police raided two important Kurdish TV channels, which have the mission to inform the Kurdish people, without informing the officials and lawyers of the organisations. During the raid, the police broke the doors, removed the screens, cut the cables, tore up the desks and deliberately damaged the technical equipment needed to continue broadcasting.

Kurdish organisations and Kurdish press workers have called for solidarity with the Kurdish media, stating that the Belgian police “attacked the Kurdish press with the same kind of vandalism that the Turkish police used against the Kurdish press” during the raid on two Kurdish TV channels, Stêrk TV and Medya Haber TV.

The text of the appeal pointed out that:

“On the night of 23 April, 200 police officers illegally raided the studios of the Kurdish TV channels STÊRK TV and MEDYA HABER TV.

The police raided two important Kurdish TV channels, which have the mission to inform the Kurdish people, without informing the officials and lawyers of the organisations. During the raid, the police broke the doors, removed the screens, cut the cables, tore up the desks and deliberately damaged the technical equipment needed to continue broadcasting. As far as the press is concerned, this unthinkable and illegal raid was announced as ‘at the request of another country’.

Unfortunately, the Belgian authorities have also taken part in dirty inter-state negotiations by criminalising the Kurds and their media.

This attack is not only against the Kurds’ right to information, but also against press freedom and democratic values as a whole. As journalists, intellectuals, writers and media workers from Kurdistan, we do not accept this situation and we protest against it.

We call on the Belgian media organisations, our journalist colleagues and the entire public to oppose this injustice and to stand in solidarity with the Kurdish media”.

The rally in solidarity with the Kurdish media will take place on Saturday (27/04/2024) at 13:00 in this adres:

Palace of Justice in Brussels (Place Poelaert 1, 1000 Brussels)

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Photo: Brussels’ Palace of Justice

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