Turkey bans TV channels close to Erdogan foe ahead of polls

By REUTERS
October 8, 2015 13:38

ANKARA - A state prosecutor has banned Turkey's largest pay-TV platform from broadcasting channels close to an arch-enemy of President Tayyip Erdogan, heightening concern about press freedom weeks ahead of an election.

Digiturk is the third platform to ditch channels close to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen on the orders of the Ankara prosecutor, including news services Bugun TV and S Haber, a children's channel, and four other general interest stations.

Erdogan, who wants the ruling AK Party to win back a majority in a snap Nov. 1 election, accuses Gulen of seeking to overthrow him by means of a "parallel structure" of supporters in the judiciary, police, the media and other institutions.

Gulen has denied such charges and Erdogan's opponents say the moves are an attempt to silence opposition before the polls.

"An official court document regarding crimes against the constitutional order was sent by the Ankara chief prosecutor's office," Digiturk said in a statement on Thursday.


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