Turkey halts Rudaw broadcast on Turksat satellites
ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) has halted Rudaw’s broadcast on Turksat satellites.
According to information obtained by Rudaw Media Network, RTUK met Monday afternoon. Representatives of the opposition parties CHP and the pro-Kurdish HDP were outside Ankara and unable to attend the meeting. The meeting proceeded with ruling AKP and nationalist MHP representatives in attendance.
A decision was made to stop Rudaw’s broadcast.
HDP’s Arsin Ungal was unable to attend Monday’s meeting. “RTUK cannot make such a decision because Rudaw has not got its broadcast license from RTUK. That is why I will raise this subject after I return to Ankara,” he told Rudaw.
Rudaw contacted Turksat. A Turksat spokesperson said: “We haven’t yet received the decision. We will stop Rudaw’s broadcast when we receive the decision.”
Turkey opposes Kurdistan’s independence referendum being held on Monday.
Two other Kurdistan media, Kurdistan 24 and Waar TV, have also reportedly had their broadcasts halted on Turksat.
Iraqi MP: Like Israel, Kurdistan will cause years of war
BAGHDAD, Iraq – An Iraqi official has accused “racist” Kurds of trying to establish a second Israel that will throw the region into years of conflict.
“The step that was taken by some racists in Kurdistan will bring instability to the entire region for years to come. The representatives of such efforts had established the state of Israel in 1948,” Mowaffak al-Rubaie, an MP from the ruling Shiite National Alliance told reporters in the Iraqi parliament.
There have been three wars since the creation of Israel, he added. Rubaie is a former National Security Adviser.
“The one who loses the most is our beloved Kurdish nation,” he continued.
On Monday, the Iraqi parliament requested Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to deploy troops to the areas that have come under Peshmerga control since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the latest in a series of measures announced by Abadi. On Sunday, he called on foreign nations to close their air and land borders with the Kurdistan Region.
Rubaie warned that all the achievements made by Kurds in Iraq since 2003 are now under threat.