A Turkish court banned a pro-Kurdish newspaper for a month for spreading "terrorist propaganda" and police raided its offices in Istanbul to seize the Sunday edition, its editor said.
Ozgur Gundem editor Huseyin Aykol said the court, in its decision late on Saturday, cited the newspaper's reporting of Kurdish New Year celebrations from the Qandil mountains in northern Iraq as one example.
The Qandil mountains are the main base of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants, who took up arms for Kurdish self-rule in 1984. Ankara, the European Union and United States all classify the PKK as a terrorist organisation.
In December, police detained several of the newspaper's journalists and carted away computers as part of a crackdown on Kurdish media outlets.
Two years ago, a Turkish court sentenced the editor of a Kurdish newspaper to 21 years in prison for printing what it called terrorist propaganda.
Aykol said a total 109 publishers and journalists from Dicle news agency, Firat news agency, Azadiya Welat and Ozgur Gundem were currently detained. Most are pending trial but some have been convicted.
Some 700 more people were arrested, and one policeman and a Kurdish activist were killed during Kurdish New Year celebrations that turned into riots this week.
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