Turkey plans to allow private Kurdish-language radio and television

The move is part of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's Kurdish opening.

Turkey plans to allow private Kurdish-language radio and television

Turkey plans to further ease restrictions on Kurdish-language radio and television to allow private broadcasting, part of efforts to expand rights, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

The move is part of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's Kurdish opening, Milliyet reported.

Draft legislation is being prepared to allow non-state broadcasters to open 24-hour national channels in "traditional languages," primarily Kurdish, Milliyet said, citing Mehmet Dadak, a member of the government's broadcasting watchdog.

The state broadcaster TRT earlier this year launched a Kurdish-language television station.

The Kurdish language, which is related to Persian, was banned in Turkey until 1991.

Erdogan's government hopes broadening Kurdish rights will help end the conflict with the outlawed PKK. More than 40,000 people have died since the PKK took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984.


Reuters

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