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Turkey accuses BBC of supporting 'terrorism'

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Turkey accuses BBC of supporting 'terrorism'

<p>Turkey has accused the <span class="caps">BBC</span> of supporting terrorism and producing propaganda for the Kurdish Workers Party (<span class="caps">PKK</span>).</p> <p>The country’s foreign ministry launched an attack on Britain’s public broadcaster following a programme aired yesterday.</p> <p>“Such broadcasting about an organization which is listed as a terrorist [organization] by many countries, particularly EU countries, is open support for terrorism,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry “said in a statement”: http://www.mfa.gov.tr/no_-235_-21-agustos-2015_-bbc_nin-terorizmi-acikca-destekleyen-yayini-hk_.tr.mfa.</p> <p>The statement accused the <span class="caps">BBC</span> of portraying the <span class="caps">PKK</span> as “an innocent organization struggling against another terrorist organization” and also encouraged people to join the group, according to the foreign ministry statement.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">BBC</span> has previously been criticized for its reluctance to use the label “terrorist” on the grounds that the term can be subjective. Its policy is “explained here”: http://www.bbc.co.uk/editorialguidelines/page/guidance-reporting-terrorism-full</p>