A Paris commercial court has ruled to reverse the decision given by Eutelsat, the leading French satellite television provider, to drop the broadcast of the PKK-linked television channels Newroz TV and Med Nuçe TV.
The scandalous verdict comes after Eutelsat's decision in early October to stop the airing of TV channels affiliated with the PKK terrorist group responsible for the killings of thousands of people in Turkey since the 1980s. A judge ruled that "the interruption of the transmission violates the legal provisions of the European Convention on Transfrontier Television," French media outlets reported on Wednesday.
The court cited that Newroz TV was operated by a Swedish company and the decision on its closure should be decided by Swedish authorities. Eutelsat was ordered to pay a fine of 10,000 euros for each day it does not comply with the court order after it was issued. The court also reasoned that Eutelsat failed to prove Newroz TV's links to the terrorist group.
Turkey's radio and Television watchdog (RTÜK) had earlier informed Eutelsat about on-going propaganda done by the PKK terrorist group, responsible for the ongoing attacks in Turkey, on Newroz TV and Med Nuçe TV. Med Nuçe TV was also dropped by Eutelsat but the court's verdict leaked to the media did not cite it, although the decision on Newroz TV will likely set a precedent for the reopening of Med Nuçe TV.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU. The terrorist group resumed a 30-year armed campaign against the Turkish state in July 2015. Ever since, PKK terrorist attacks have killed more than 800 security personnel and claimed the lives of over 310 people, many of which were civilians, including women and children, while more than 10,000 PKK terrorists have been killed or apprehended in military operations.
Many supporters of the terrorist group, who claim persecution in Turkey, find asylum in European countries. The PKK, exploiting several nongovernmental organization fronts, is active in many European countries including Germany, Austria, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and Greece.
Turkey has often criticized European countries for offering a safe haven for supporters of the terrorist group as well as its active members.
Turkey has already halted the broadcasts of several TV and radio stations that serve as a mouthpiece for the terrorist group, which claims to draw support from the country's Kurdish community.