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.