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Turkey turns off TV channels on 'terrorist' charge

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>> Pulled off the air over allegations of spreading terrorist propaganda, this Kurdish children's cartoon and a folk music channel the unlikely targets. Turkey banning at least 20 different TV and radio stations using an emergency decree that was issued after the failed coup attempt in July. The decision is making waves on social networks fueling fears of a government media crackdown.
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According to Reuters correspondent Ila Jean Atley in Istanbul.>> The stations have all been accused of either spreading terrorist propaganda. Or of undermining national security in this time of a state of emergency in Turkey following the coup. IMC TV in a interview I had with their news editor.
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Flatly denies this. They say that our broadcasting is completely transparent. Everything that we say is in the public record because we're a news channel.>> The plug was pulled in IMC during a live interview between two previously imprisoned journalists. For many this is a cause for concern. The main opposition leader and committee to protect journalist say it's an abuse of emergency powers.
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>> This does raise concerns about how emergency rule is being conducted here in Turkey. Whether it is allowing for the abuse of powers especially the time when the government wants to extend. So it's had emergency powers now since July will expire in October, but it's preparing to extend them for at least another three months.
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> On Thursday referred to extending the state of emergency to a year. Broadcaster IMC hopes it can resume broadcasting well before that. In the meantime it plans to continue programming online.