Bulgaria in attempt to ban '10-minute Turkish broadcast'

Bulgarian PM declared that he backed the referendum move by the nationalist party to ban only 10-minute news broadcasts in Turkish language, a report said.

Bulgaria in attempt to ban '10-minute Turkish broadcast'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov declared that he backed the referendum move by the nationalist party Ataka to ban only 10-minute daily news broadcasts in Turkish on the BNT 1 channel in a move to restrict the rights of the Turkish minority , Sofia news agency said.

The Bulgarian Socialist Party has criticized Tuesday's statement of Prime Minister Borisov in which he supported the idea of the Ataka party leader Volen Siderov for holding a referendum, according to the report.

Nationalist Ataka party leader Volen Siderov was quoted as saying that he had "already collected 48 signatures from MPs" who support the idea of a referendum on the issue.

Bulgaria's President Georgi Parvanov declared Wednesday he "deemed" the debate.

Turkish people constituted 9.4% of the total population in 2001 as Bulgaria's the largest minority group.

The Turks are descendants of the early Turkic settlers who came from Anatolia following the Ottoman conquest of the Balkans in the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries. But the community was formed as an ethnic minority after the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78.

Parvanov said he suspected that a "large trap has been set for the Prime Minister" Boyko Borisov with the initiating of the debate.

Socialist MP Anton Kutev slammed the government for preparing to waste BGN 20 M on a needless referendum.
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