Ronahî TV

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Ronahî Tv
Launched 2012
Country  Rojava
Language Kurdish
Website http://ronahitv.com/

Ronahî TV is a Kurdish television channel focusing on Kurds around the world. The channel was launched back in 2012 and broadcasts from EU countries[1] and Syria[2] to audiences mainly in Kurdish, but also in Arabic and English.[3]

The channel runs via the collective efforts of 250 volunteers and has its headquarters in Qamishli.[3] It has offices in Kobani and Afrin.[3]

Eutelsat on 14 April 2017 expressed its intention “to remove” the ability for Ronahi TV to broadcast, on grounds of the KCK allegedly being a terrorist organisation and broadcasting statements through Eutelsat networks.[1] The EFJ alledges that Eutelsat is taking action due to pressure from RTÜK (Turkish Radio Television Supreme Council) to remove them.[1]

Several Ronahi TV-employed journalists have died or been wounded in the Syrian Civil War, among them are:

  • Mustefa Mihemed, who died from injuries related to a mine explosion on July 13 2016[4]
  • Kendal Cudi, who was injured in the same mine explosion as Mustefa[5]
  • Zekeriya Şêxo, who was wounded in the Turkish military operation in Afrin[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Eutelsat puts pressure to remove Kurdish News Channel TV, Ronahi TV and Sterk TV". europeanjournalists.org. European Federation of Journalists. 16 May 2017. Archived from the original on 5 July 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2018. 
  2. ^ "Ronahi TV was founded at the end of 2012 in Amuda and is the only Syrian satellite channel that broadcasts in Kurdish". MSN. 8 November 2015. Archived from the original on 11 August 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c Zurutuza, Karlos. "Syrian Kurds Have Their Own TV Against All Odds". www.ipsnews.net. Archived from the original on 1 July 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2018. 
  4. ^ "Ronahi TV reporter wounded in mine explosion dies". Firat News Agency. 19 July 2016. Archived from the original on 11 August 2018. Retrieved 11 August 2018. 
  5. ^ "Kurdish Ronahi TV journalist wounded in Syria's Manbij, dies". ekurd.net. 19 July 2016. Archived from the original on 20 July 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2018. 
  6. ^ "Ronahi TV cameraman wounded in Afrin". Firat News Agency. 22 Jan 2018. Archived from the original on 11 August 2018. Retrieved 11 August 2018.