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    Swedish state radio cancels Turkish broadcasts

    Hürriyet Haber
    26 Eylül 2005 - 15:13Son Güncelleme : 26 Eylül 2005 - 15:13

    Following close on the heels of a decision by Danish state radion, Swedish state radio has announced a plan to take Turkish language broadcasts off the air. The planning board for the Swedish state radio had this to say about the cancellation of the Turkish language broadcasts: "For certain Arab and Kurdish groups living in Sweden, Turkish is a very politically sensitive language. Broadcast in Turkish can have a negative affect over these people. For this reason, it is necessary to cancel these broadcasts."

    Swedish state radio cancels Turkish broadcasts

    If they had only learned Swedish

    Swedish state radio program coordinator, Kerstin Brunnberg, said of the matter: "Turks have been living in Sweden for some 40 years now. By this time, they should have learned Swedish. If they haven't, that is their own problem."

    There has also been a decision made to increase Kurdish language broadcasts on Swedish state radio following the cessation of Turkish broadcasts on January 15, 2006. The seeming face off between Kurdish and Turkish language program over the Swedish state radio airwaves has upset members of Sweden's Turkish community.

    While space given in the radio programming to Kurdish language broadcasts was accepted without problem, the decision to take the Turkish language broadcasts off air is being seen as a politically motivated move. The Turkish Federation in Sweden along with many other Turkish community organizations have organized a signature campaign to get the Turkish language broadcasts back on air.

    Honorary president of Mesopotamia TV

    In an interestingly related twist, Denmark's former prime minister Anker Jorgensen is the honorary president of PKK supported "Mesopotamia TV," which broadcasts freely from Denmark.

     

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