German court temporarily lifts ban on Roj TV

February 26, 2010, Friday/ 17:03:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN
A federal administrative court in the German city of Leipzig decided yesterday to temporarily allow the broadcasting of Denmark-based pro-Kurdish Roj TV, which was banned in the country by the German Interior Ministry for spreading propaganda for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist organization.

Noting that the decision adopted by the German Interior Ministry might be justified, the court stated that it appealed to the European Court of Justice to see if the ban on Roj TV is in line with European laws. The German court decided to suspend the ban until the European Court of Justice makes it decision.

The German Interior Ministry had canceled Roj TV’s license to broadcast in Germany in 2008 on charges of inciting terrorism and airing PKK propaganda following complaints by Turkish authorities. Roj TV has harmed relations between Turkey and Denmark and was a factor in Ankara’s initial opposition to former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s bid to become NATO secretary-general.

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