Turkey's pro-Kurdish party denounces his silencing by the media

CEB1 31 News, Kurdish, Turkey
"Certainly, the media has never been completely independent of the political power in Turkey"

CEB1 540 News, Kurdish, Turkey

Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party has announced that it is a "embargo" target by the media, which does not promote its campaign against constitutional reform to strengthen the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to an AFP report. News agency.

The People's Democratic Party (HDP), the second largest opposition party, said in a statement that it was the target of a "dangerous media embargo (…) during a critical process that will determine Turkey's fate".

To support its allegations, the HDP presents the result of a survey conducted by the state television network TRT: from March 1st to March 22nd, 1.390 minutes were devoted to Erdogan, 2.723 minutes to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and 0 minutes in HDP.

"Certainly the media has never been completely independent of the political power in Turkey. "But never in the history of the (Turkish) Republic has a government had so much influence in the media," the HDP points out.

The Turks will decide on April 16 on the constitutional reform that aims to significantly strengthen the powers of the President of the Republic.

Less than three weeks before the referendum, the election campaign is in full swing: Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Gildirim hold daily rallies, delivering lengthy speeches that are broadcast live on private and public television.

On the "no" side, the most prominent figure is the leader of the official opposition, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who has given some interviews on television networks.

But "not a single HDP representative has been summoned to a show," said the party, whose co-chairs and several lawmakers have been charged with "terrorist" activity and are in custody.

Source: newsbeast.gr