Editor: Turkish court bans pro-Kurdish daily for month

March 25, 2012 18:29

ISTANBUL - A Turkish court banned a pro-Kurdish newspaper for a month for spreading "terrorist propaganda" and police raided its offices in Istanbul to seize the Sunday edition, its editor said.

Ozgur Gundem editor Huseyin Aykol said the court, in its decision late on Saturday, cited the newspaper's reporting of Kurdish New Year celebrations from the Qandil mountains in northern Iraq as one example.

The Qandil mountains are the main base of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants, who took up arms for Kurdish self-rule in 1984. Ankara, the European Union and United States all classify the PKK as a terrorist organisation.

"We have suffered such a huge number of arrests and such intense pressure on us over the year. We don't want to get used to this," Aykol told Reuters.

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