Turkey Accuses BBC of ‘Openly Supporting Terrorism’

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gives a press conference in Ankara on July 25, 2015. (Source: AFP Photo)
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gives a press conference in Ankara on July 25, 2015. (Source: AFP Photo)

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gives a press conference in Ankara on July 25, 2015. (Source: AFP Photo)

ANKARA (Hurriyet Daily News)—Turkey has accused the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) of “openly supporting terrorism” by making “written and visual propaganda” of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) during a broadcast on August 20.

“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 August 21.

The broadcast, which portrayed the PKK as, “an innocent organization struggling against another terrorist organization and encouraged [people] to join the PKK, is not acceptable in any way,” the ministry said in an official written statement.

This is not the first time that Turkish authorities have targeted UK media outlets’ reporting on the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by a large portion of the international community, including the European Union and the United States in addition to Turkey.

In 2005, then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan harshly criticized the BBC and Reuters for describing PKK members as militants and guerillas instead of terrorists.

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  1. Raffi said:

    Turkey sooner or later will have to return the Kurdish stolen land back to Kurds,

  2. Ferhat said:

    İ totally agree with him. European press support terrorism agains Turkey. Of course it can’t say clearly but its. İ read a few time some exaggerated news on some news portals.

    • Raffi said:

      Turkey is the terrorist state with 15000 Turks fighting with ISIS, and Turkeys continuous support to ISIS.

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