Turkish Court bans Kurdish New Year Pamphlets


Diyarbakir’s High Criminal court has banned Newroz celebration pamphlets, the court used Article 6 of Anti-terror law (TMK) to confiscate all posters with slogans reading ‘Either Freedom or Freedom’. It has been claimed that the slogan resembles those of PKK, which is an illegal organisation in Turkey.

Activists have claimed that legal measures are used as a means of censoring Kurdish identity and celebrations by Turkey on questionable grounds. Diyarbakir’s Kurdish community have used this slogan previously, and have been disappointed with the courts verdict.