15 October 1998


Kurdish-language television transmissions jammed

Incident details


(IPI/IFEX) - IPI is strongly condemning the jamming of transmissions from
the London-based Kurdish-language satellite television station, Med TV, by
the Turkish authorities.

**For background to harassment of Med-TV, see IFEX alerts of 20 September
and 20 November 1996**
IPI has been informed that Med TV's news and panel discussion programmes are
being targeted since Friday 9 October 1998 by jamming signals emanating from
Turkey. This latest incident, however, has several precursors, including the
jamming of Med TV for 3 weeks during 1997.

Background Information

Med TV is the only satellite station broadcasting in Kurdish. Additionally,
it has programmes in Turkish, Arabic, Assyrian and English. According to IPI
sources, the National Security Council of Turkey accuses Med TV of spreading
"separatist propaganda," and it has therefore decided to "take out" the
station. Moreover, in Kurdish regions of Turkey, satellite dishes and
antennae have reportedly been prohibited and destroyed by soldiers and
police units.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to the Prime Minister:

  • expressing the opinion that the government action against Med TV is an
    outright violation of everyone's right to "seek, receive and impart
    information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers" as
    guaranteed by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • urging him to ensure that the jamming of programmes broadcast by Med
    TV is
    discontinued immediately
  • further urging him to ensure that all journalists are allowed to
    objectively report on developments in Turkey

    Appeals To

    His Excellency Mesut Yilmaz
    Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey
    Prime Minister's Office
    Ankara, Turkey
    Fax: +90 312 417 39 54

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    International Press Institute
    Spiegelgasse 2
    1010 Vienna
    ipi (@) freemedia.at
    Fax:+43 1 5129014
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