- Title: Turkish police raid TV station over 'terrorist propaganda', cut broadcast
- Date: 4th October 2016
- Summary: ISTANBUL, TURKEY (OCTOBER 4, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF TURKISH POLICE AND MEMBERS OF RTUK, THE TURKISH STATE AGENCY FOR MONITORING, REGULATING AND SANCTIONING RADIO AND TELEVISION BROADCASTS, ARRIVING AT IMC TV OFFICES RTUK MEMBERS INSIDE IMC TV'S MASTER CONTROL ROOM RTUK MEMBERS AND TECHNICIANS CUTTING IMC TV BROADCAST TRANSMISSION VARIOUS OF RTUK MEMBER WRITING IMC TV EMPLOYEES GREETING AND SAYING GOODBYE TO EACH OTHER VARIOUS OF IMC TV EMPLOYEES PACKING UP COMPUTER EQUIPMENT (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) IMC TV GENERAL COORDINATOR, EYUP TUNC, SAYING: "Our studios have shown that the situation after this coup attempt is not related to democracy but is leading to another coup. Cutting off the transmission proves that." IMC TV EMPLOYEES HUGGING EACH OTHER GOODBYE IMC TV LOGO (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) PEOPLES' DEMOCRATIC PARTY (HDP) LAWMAKER, PERVIN BULDAN, SAYING: "The situation here isn't different from the night of July 15th. On July 15th, TV channels were raided by soldiers. But now IMC TV is raided on government instructions and is being shut down." VARIOUS OF IMC TV EMPLOYEES GATHERED IN OFFICE VARIOUS OF IMC TV EMPLOYEE CRYING AND BEING SUPPORTED BY A COLLEAGUE VARIOUS OF EMPTY IMC TV STUDIOS
- Embargoed: 19th October 2016 13:45
- Keywords: Turkey security media police raid IMC TV
- Location: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- City: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,International/National Security
- Reuters ID: LVA00152LBGAV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Turkish police raided the offices of broadcaster IMC TV and cut its transmission on Tuesday (October 4), a Reuters witness said, after the station was pulled off the air last week over allegations of 'spreading terrorist propaganda'.
Dozens of journalists and employees stood inside the TV studios and clapped in protest at the halt of the broadcast, which came a day after Turkey extended a state of emergency for another three months.
Istanbul-based IMC, which devotes much of its coverage to the militant insurgency in the mainly Kurdish southeast, is among 20 television and radio stations operated by Kurds or the Alevi religious minority banned last week by Turkish authorities, based on a government decree.
Since a coup attempt on July 15, President Tayyip Erdogan has taken unprecedented steps to rid state institutions of staff deemed disloyal or potential enemies.
About 100,000 people in the military, civil service, police, judiciary and universities have been sacked or suspended from their jobs, and 32,000 have been arrested.
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