Turkey has shut down three Kurdish satellite television channels on the same day that Iraq’s Kurds held an independence referendum.
The channels include Rudaw, a news outlet partly funded by Nechirvan Barzani, prime minister of the Kurdish Autonomous Region.
Opponents of the referendum accuse President Barzani of the KAR of calling the vote to bolster his own power in the region. Turkey, which is battling a separatist Kurdish insurgency on its territory, is one of the most ardent critics.
Turkey’s broadcasting regulator accused the channels of “broadcasting policies undermining the international agreements signed by Turkey, and violating provisions of law”.
Turkey’s state news agency, Anadolu, reported that the three closed channels had referred to Kurdish-majority parts of eastern Turkey as “Kurdistan”.
Various Kurdish television channels…