Pro-Kurdish newspaper banned in Turkey


Copy of Özgür Gündem held by Kurdish MP

The Pro-Kurdish newspaper Özgür Gündem (Free Agenda) has been banned from publication for one month. Özgür Gündem was founded in 1992, and returned to print in 2011, 17 years after it was forced to close following the mass-murder of 76 of its employees.

Özgür Gündem journalists have been subject to intimidation, arbitrary arrests, and trial by the Turkish government. The editor for Özgür Gündem, Huseyin Aykol has said 109 publishers and journalists from Dicle news agency, Firat news agency, Azadiya Welat and Ozgur Gundem were currently detained.

Özgür Gündem has been awarded International Press Freedom Award of the Committee to protect journalism, and selected as a finalist for Turkey to the International Press institute’s 50 world press freedom heroes.

In the news

(1) Newspaper banned for one month on Hurriyet Daily News
(2) Turkish court bans Ozgur Gundem daily on World Bulletin
(3) Turkish court bans pro-Kurdish daily for month-editor on Reuters