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Journalists' watchdog: PYD must let Rudaw work in Rojava

By Rudaw 8/8/2015
An international journalism watchdog organization has called on authorities in the ethnically Kurdish area of northern Syria to cancel its ban on the Rudaw Media Network.
An international journalism watchdog organization has called on authorities in the ethnically Kurdish area of northern Syria to cancel its ban on the Rudaw Media Network.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - An international journalism watchdog organization has called on authorities in the ethnically Kurdish area of northern Syria to cancel its ban on the Rudaw Media Network. 

The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released a statement on  Friday asking the temporary administration, led by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), to revoke its decision to suspend Rudaw's operation in the area of Cezire Canton, one of the three provinces of the area known to Kurds as Rojava. 

Erbil-based Rudaw and Syrian opposition station Orient were banned by the canton's authorities on Monday and accused of spreading false news and disunity, according to news reports and CPJ. 

The PYD-led authorities charged that the outlets with publishing "lies and systematic deception" that incited violence, sparked internal discord, and spread racist ideology. Rudaw has since strongly denied the charges and condemned the attack on the free press. 

CPJ said the PYD did not respond to a request for an explanation of the ban. As CPJ reported cited news reports in its statement: "The PYD has close ties to the Kurdish Workers' Party, or PKK, which is outlawed in Turkey. In late July, Turkish authorities blocked domestic access to Rudaw, accusing the website of "promoting terrorist propaganda."

The CPJ statement included comments from Rudaw's Washington bureau chief, Namo Abdulla, who told the watchdog the ban was probably due to the network's balanced reporting rather than promoting the "official PYD narrative." 

Abdulla told CPJ the move "would prevent Rudaw journalists from reporting in the territory and would force the outlet to rely on secondhand sources and social media."

Abdulla, who also authored CPJ's 2014 report on press freedom in Iraqi Kurdistan, pointed out in the statement that at the same time that Rudaw was accused of being pro-PKK in Turkey, it was accused of being anti-PKK in Syria.

"The political and military situation in Syria and Iraq may be confusing, but one thing should be crystal clear for any party seeking international recognition and support: Journalists must be allowed to work freely," CPJ's Mansour said in the statement. 

"The local authorities in Kurdish-held territory of Syria should immediately retract their decision and allow Rudaw and Orient TV to operate in the areas they control."


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Argushi, USA | 8/8/2015
Great to hear that CPJ is going to pressure PYD to let Rudaw resume their reporting in Cezire Canton again. In my opinion and opinion of many close friends here in USA. Rudaw is one of the best and honest TV station for broadcasting the news around in the middle east. As a curd who lives in the USA I am very proud to have a kurdish TV station like Rudaw to bring us the honest and professional news around the globe. RUDAW WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOUR TV STATION AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK
Silopi | 8/8/2015
Pyd don't mind to work with al Arabia, Turkish haber and Iranian press. But they have problem with the most professional Kurdish news tv such as rudaw. I guess because rudaw don't say 100 time "biji APO" in its Chanel and that's the reason. And because rudaw is much more transparent and Kurdish oriented then their TV Chanel. Pkk Chanel is only APO oriented. We don't fight for ego centered leader, we don't fight for leftist idoleology of Pkk. We want just to be among kurds and fight for Kurdistan. We don't care if the Pkk want to save the world. They can't save a village from silopi! Tired of Pkk ignorance of politics and world affairs. They are abusing and manipulating kurds for their naive and leftist ideology. They don't want Kurdistan they want kanton in a canibalism Midle east! Free united Kurdish land and free Kurdish press:)
INDEPENDENCE | 8/8/2015
Rudaw is Kurdish and it is professional,while PKK is not Kurdish and is largely infiltrated by the Turkish state and it is attempting against the Kurdish unity and it aims to prevent the establishment of a Kurdish State.Why does it then fight against Turkey ?-It fights against Turkey only in special conditions so that only Kurdish fighters die with little or no casualtiews on the Turkish side.For PKK the kurdish blood is cheep.The main aim of Turkey and PKK is to shed Kurdish blood.
Kurdish Patriot | 8/8/2015
So tell me why should YPG allow any old journalists (aka spies) into their battlefield? It's so easy, they can reveal their whereabouts and what tactics they are using? I'm sorry but journalists should only be allowed through trust and should be asking permission.
angrykurd | 8/8/2015
freedom for rudaw. i accept this. but also in turkey. but rudaw and basnews must stop the split campagne. kurds against kurds. rudaw lies so often, only to split the kurds. for sure - turkey pay these campagnes. rudaw and basnews are the greatest agitators, to split the kurds. if you look at this. its not ununderstandable, that pyd dont want these people. the kurds are poor. they must suffer soo much pain and underpressing. they have so much problems. the kurds really dont need any message , which split the kurds. this means weak the kurds. weak kurds means - no state. more underpressing and betraying of the states, and more deads. stop messages , which split the kurds. bring messages to unite the kurds.
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