An Istanbul court ordered the temporary closure of daily Özgür Gündem on Aug. 16 on charges of making propaganda on behalf the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
According to a statement by the Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Istanbul 8th Criminal Court of Peace approved a criminal court of peace magistracy’s request to “temporarily” shut down Özgür Gündem.
The Prosecutor’s Office also said that the daily’s closure was demanded for repeatedly making propaganda on behalf of the PKK.
This is not the first closure of Özgür Gündem due to alleged PKK propaganda. The daily started a campaign on May 3 called “editors-in-chief on duty” to foster solidarity and defend press freedom against a number of investigations it has faced.