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Turkish watchdog suspends national broadcast licence of critical TV station


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Turkish watchdog suspends national broadcast licence of critical TV station

The television company Kanalturk has been reduced to broadcasting on the internet after its national licence was suspended by Turkey’s media watchdog on Wednesday.

In what is being seen by some as a further example of state agencies clamping down on voices critical of the government, the move has been condemned by opposition parties ahead of regional elections this weekend.

Turkey’s Radio and Television Council cited a 2010 court decision which states that the TV station can only broadcast regionally.

Although the station went on to do a deal and began broadcasting nationwide four years ago, that agreement has now been revoked.

International criticism has been growing of Turkey’s attempts to restrict all forms of media accusing the government of riding rough shod over the right to freedom of speech.

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