Kurdish TV station faces terror charges

The Danish-based Kurdish TV station Roj-TV was charged with the promotion of terrorism – a charge that follows a lengthy investigation into the station and could result in its transmission license being revoked.

Top prosecutor Joergen Steen Soerensen said that Roj-TV is helping promote the PKK, or the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which is considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union. Roj-TV broadcasts in Kurdish from Denmark. Earlier this year its Danish CEO stepped down and immediately told the press about the station’s links to the PKK, an organisation that is on both the EU and the US’s terror lists.

Although the authorities had been monitoring Roj-TV for five years, a thorough investigation of the accusations was launched and yesterday Lars Barfoed, the minister of justice, confirmed that he has charged the station.

According to Soerensen, Roj-TV has “persistently” aired shows with interviews of PKK members and supporters but also about skirmishes between Kurds and Turkish forces. The station’s content was “aimed at promoting and supporting the activities of the terrorist organization PKK” and its political wing, Kongra-Gel, the prosecutor said.

The programs “must be regarded as having the characteristics of propaganda in support of PKK,” Soerensen said. The charges came after “extremely comprehensive investigations” of the connections between Roj-TV and PKK, he added.

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