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Kurdistan TV correspondents in Diyarbakir harassed, spied on and threatened by authorities

(BIANET/IFEX) - Northern Iraq-based Kurdistan TV's correspondents in Diyarbakir claim that they face arbitrary discrimination by local officials and receive random threats.

The station's Diyarbakir bureau chief Mehmet Eren told BIANET that they established the necessary infrastructure in 2006 but have been harassed since then. "Although we totally comply with the legal framework, we cannot cover official events, are denied accreditation without a reason, face random and arbitrary pressure such as identity checks, etc. Our focus is on news related to the Kurdish issue in Turkey, and such coverage results in increasing pressure and attempts to obstruct our work," Eren said.

He added, "Our houses and offices are kept under surveillance by the police. We have also received anonymous e-mail threats."

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