Turkish Media Group Probed for “Terror Propaganda”

Turkish  Media Group Probed for “Terror Propaganda”Turkish  Media Group Probed for “Terror Propaganda”

Turkish prosecutors have begun investigating a leading media group for “terrorist propaganda” over its coverage of the fighting between government forces and Kurdish militants Tuesday.

The investigation into the Dogan Media Group, which owns the independent Hurriyet daily and CNN Turk channel among other outlets, was triggered by its contrasting treatment of images of Turkish soldiers and members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), World Bulletin reported.

While the images of Turkish soldiers killed in August were “uncensored”, meaning their features were distinguishable, those of PKK militants killed in another battle were blurred, the report added.

The probe also covered an interview by CNN Turk with an activist charged over her participation in anti-government protests in 2013, who is since reported to have joined the PKK.

It comes nearly two months into the resumption of fighting between the Turkish military and PKK, after the collapse in July of a two-year-old ceasefire.

The army is pressing a relentless offensive against PKK strongholds in southeast Turkey and in northern Iraq, to which the PKK has responded with a string of deadly attacks on the security forces.

Meanwhile, PKK militants killed three Turkish police officers overnight in a bomb attack on their armored vehicle as they traveled along a highway in southeast Turkey, security sources said on Wednesday.

Another officer was seriously wounded in the attack in the Nusaybin district of Mardin province when explosives planted on the road were detonated by remote control. Police set up checkpoints across the district as they sought the assailants.