Azadiya Welat (Kurdish for: "Freedom of the Country") was a newspaper in the Kurdish language published in Turkey. It was shut down on 28 August 2016 when police raided the newspaper's headquarters in Diyarbakir, taking all 27 staff into custody.
History and profile
The paper was first published as a weekly newspaper with the name Welat in Istanbul on 22 February 1992. In 1996 it began to be published with its current name, Azadiya Welat. In 2003 the headquarters of the paper moved from Istanbul to Diyarbakır. In 2006 it became a daily newspaper.
Kurdish inmates in some Turkey jails were not allowed to receive the newspaper in 2007. This interdiction is justified by a reference to the law no. 5275. In 2015, the European Court of Human Rights rules the unpredictability of how the law is applied is a violation of article 10 of the Convention.
- "Türkische Polizei stürmt kurdische Zeitung" [Turkish police raids Kurdish newspaper]. Der Standard (in German). 28 August 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
- "Non-Turkish language newspapers and minority press". European Stability Initiative. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
- "Editor-in-chief of Turkish daily Azadiya Welat sentenced to three years in prison". WAN-IFRA. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
- ""Azadiya Welat Dağıtımcısı Kadri Bağdu Öldürüldü" ("Kadri Bağdu, Journal distributed for Azadiya Welat, Killed")". Bianet. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
- Mesut Yurtsever et al vs Turkey, 20 January 2015.
- Law No. 5275 on the execution of penalties and security measures Archived July 22, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., 13 December 2004.
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