20 September 1996


Police raid and shut down Kurdish television station

Incident details


On 18 September 1996, Belgian police raided the offices and homes
of several Kurdish institutions and people in exile in Belgium.
Among the raids was that of the licensed Kurdish MED-TV
television station in Brussels. Police confiscated archival
material and closed down the station's office, forcing it to
discontinue broadcasting.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to authorities:

  • pointing out that the raid is a grave and blatant violation of
    the right to freedom of expression and the right to "to seek,
    receive and impart information" as guaranteed by Article 19 of
    the International Covenant on Civil and Political Right and
    Article 10 of the European Human Rights Convention which are both
    signed and ratified by the Belgium government
  • calling this action against the Kurds, a people who are denied
    their fundamental rights to freedom of expression in Turkey and
    elsewhere in the Middle East, as a betrayal by the Belgian
    government of the human rights principles that the European Union
    and its members stand for on behalf of oppressed minorities
  • urgently requesting that they intervene immediately so that the
    Kurdish institutions and people in Belgium are guaranteed their
    right to express themselves freely without further censorship,
    raids, or closures and that MED-TV in particular is immediately
    allowed to resume broadcasting without any further harassment,
    and that its documents and archives be returned without delay

    Appeals To

    His Excellency Jean-Luc Dehaen
    Prime Minister
    Office of the Prime Minister
    16 Rue de la Loi
    1000 Brussels, Belgium

    the Belgian diplomatic representative in your country

    (in Canada)
    Embassy of Belgium
    80 Elgin Street,
    4th Floor
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1P 1B7
    Tel: +1 613 236 7267
    Fax: +1 613 236 7882

    Please copy appeals to the originator if possible.

  • Source

    ARTICLE 19: Global Campaign for Free Expression
    6-8 Amwell Street
    EC1R 1UQ
    United Kingdom
    info (@) article19.org
    Fax:+44 20 7278 7660

    IFEX members working in this country 1

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