Turkey denounces BBC for ‘openly supporting terrorism’

Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounces BBC in statement issued on its website over 'openly supporting terrorism' by airing documentary of outlawed PKK

Photo by: Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Photo by: Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on Friday denouncing the BBC for “openly supporting terrorism,” by airing a documentary of the outlawed PKK.

Calling the documentary “written and visual propaganda of the PKK terror organisation," the Foreign Minister's office also said “the broadcast which depicts PKK as an innocent organization even though it is listed as terrorist organisation by European countries including England is unacceptable.”

PKK is also listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, NATO, as well as the US.

The militant group has recently increased the number of terror attacks, killing at least 55 Turkish security officials since the Suruc suicide bombing attack.

"The BBC violates the United Nations and Council of Europe resolutions by airing this story. Encouraging and praising terrorism is a crime,” the statement continued.  

The ministry also said that Turkey expects the BBC to pursue the same publishing policy with the outlawed PKK as it did with the IRA when the militant group bombed a police station in North Ireland.

On July 20, the BBC published  written and visual news stories about the outlawed PKK describing the militant group as “a key player in the battle against ISIS.”

Broadcasting footage from PKK camps in North Iraq, the BBC displayed militants while they were doing their daily activities such as, practicing, chatting, and dancing while completely ignoring the fact that the group is responsible for killing 64 people, wounding 350 and kidnapping 16 in the last month alone.

The outlawed PKK is an armed militant group that has been carrying out terror attacks mostly in southeastern Turkey, since the early 1980s.

The group has claimed more than 40,000 lives during 30 years of armed conflict with the Turkish Government.

In early 2013, Turkey launched a "Peace Process" to end years of armed conflict with the PKK and build reforms regarding the constitution. However, the PKK decided to end the ceasefire on July 11, 2015 using the construction of dams in southeastern Turkey as an excuse.


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