New Greek media law threatens Turkish radio

A new law adopted by the Greek government to regulate the activities of private radio stations in the country has led to concerns among radio stations broadcasting in Turkish in Western Thrace.

New Greek media law threatens Turkish radio

A new law adopted by the Greek government to regulate the activities of private radio stations in the country has led to concerns among radio stations broadcasting in Turkish in Western Thrace.

The law, which says that programs should be predominantly in Greek, can lead to insurmountable problems for radios broadcasting in İskeçe (Xanthi) and Gümülcine (Komotini), private radio station owners told the Anatolia news agency on Monday.

The Greek government adopted the law despite both domestic and international opposition. Only deputies of the ruling New Democracy Party voted for the new law, which restricts all small radio stations, including minority-language radio, with all three opposition parties opposing it.

Ahead of the vote at the Greek Parliament on July 5, the International Press Institute (IPI) and its affiliate organization the South East Europe Media Organization (SEEMO) sent a letter of protest to the speaker of parliament.

The Greek media would be faced with a law that appears deliberately designed to actively hinder the regional media's economic development and exclude minority groups from access to information, the letter said at the time, according to Greek media. "I'm outraged. Even Turkey allows public broadcasts in Kurdish, and we here in the European Union forcibly impose the sole use of Greek," Abdulhalim Dede, a journalist and Turkish media owner was quoted as saying in an article on www.eurolang.net.

Agencies

Last Mod: 31 Temmuz 2007, 15:29
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