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 Danish court orders unfreezing of Kurdish ROJ TV station accounts 

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Danish court orders unfreezing of Kurdish ROJ TV station accounts  7.12.2010  

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December 7, 2010

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, — A Danish court on Monday ordered the unfreezing of 10 bank accounts belonging to a Kurdish TV station accused of being a propaganda outlet of Turkey's rebel PKK movement, a lawyer said.

The appeals court in the Danish capital confirmed an October ruling to unfreeze the accounts of Roj TV, which contained 327,000 kroner (43,900 euros, 58,400 dollars).

The accounts were frozen in August at the end of a five-year investigation into the channel, with prosecutors accusing Roj TV of broadcasting propaganda for the Kurdistan Workers' Party,
www.ekurd.netor PKK, which is considered a terrorist organisation by the EU.

The judge said freezing the accounts violated European rights laws on freedom of expression, said Bjoern Elmquist, the station's lawyer.            

Kurdish ROJ TV
Roj TV began broadcasting in 2004 from Belgium to 68 countries in Europe and Asia, prompting angry criticism from Ankara, which says the channel is a mouthpiece for the PKK.

Since it was established in 1984, the PKK has been fighting the Turkish state, which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, to establish a Kurdish state in the south east of the country.

But now its aim is the creation an autonomous region and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who constitute the greatest minority in Turkey, numbering more than 20 million.

PKK's demands included releasing PKK detainees, lifting the ban on education in Kurdish, paving the way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within Turkey, reducing pressure on the detained PKK president, stopping military action against the Kurdish party and recomposing the Turkish constitution.

PKK demanded to stop military and political operations and to release Kurdish politicians who are unjustly detained. The organization also requested to enable imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan's active participation in the process.

The PKK is considered a 'terrorist' organization by Ankara, U.S., the PKK continues to be on the blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which overturned a decision to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its political wing on the European Union's terror list.

Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish language and private Kurdish language courses with the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish politicians say the measures fall short of their expectations.
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