Turkey arrests 32 in operation against Kurdish media

Masked members of YDG-H, youth wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), shout slogans as they hold a portrait of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)'s jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan. (Reuters)

Turkish police Monday arrested about 30 people working for Kurdish-language media in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Dogan news agency reported.

Separately, the news agency Dicle said on social media that it and the newspaper Azidiye Welat had been targeted in the operation, and that anti-terrorist police had detained 32 journalists and other employees.

Turkey is pushing a relentless offensive against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) rebels and preparing for snap legislative elections on Nov. 1.

The violence has shattered a peace process launched in 2012, which had raised hopes of an end to the PKK’s three-decade insurgency in which over 40,000 people have been killed.

In recent weeks, the authorities have carried out a string of arrests of journalists and police have raided a holding company that owns opposition media, sparking criticism from western countries and media watchdogs.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46