Jan 19 2018

Turkey detains executives of shut down Alevi TV station on ‘terrorism’ charges – newspaper

A Turkish court arrested two former executives of TV10 on terrorism charges, Turkish newspaper Evrensel reported.

TV10 was producing programmes for the country’s Alevi minority until it was shut down by the government on Sept. 29, 2016 under the state of emergency declared in the aftermath of the July 2016 coup attempt.

TV10 CEO Veli Büyükşahin, board member Veli Haydar Güleç and 13 others are charged with “being members of a terrorist organisation,” as part of a 2014 investigation against the pro-Kurdish opposition Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), Evrensel said.

 

The Turkish government has shut down 191 media outlets under emergency rule, including 33 TV stations, according to the data collected by independent media platform P24.

The majority of these outlets belonged to or had their audiences among the country’s Kurdish and Alevi minorities.