Turkey investigates televised call for peace as terrorist propaganda

A call during a live television broadcast for an end to the violence in Turkey's Kurdish region has landed a woman under investigation by the country's public prosecutor's office for incitement to terrorism.

In addition to the caller, the popular moderator Beyazit Ozturk and other persons responsible for the Beyaz Show on the private broadcaster Channel D are also being investigated for providing the woman with a platform to express her opinions.

Ozturk has already issued an apology.

The incident occurred when the broadcasters aired a phone call to the programme by a woman who described herself as a teacher from the Kurdish city of Diyarbakir.

Urging a stop to the violence in her region, she said: "People, women and children should not die, mothers (should) not cry. ... People are fighting hunger and thirst, especially babies and children. Please help us."

An armed conflict between the Turkish government and banned militant group the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) has been onging for months in several regions of south-east Turkey. Curfews have been covered wide areas as security forces and militants battle it out in residential areas.

Seemingly moved by the caller's statement, Ozturk offered her his thanks. However, after critics condemned the call as sympathetic to the PKK, he stated that he had no intention of meddling in politics.

"If I have done something without intending it, I apologize to everyone," Ozturk said. "May God help all the security forces. We stand on the side of our state and our people."

Last update: Mon, 11/01/2016 - 18:54

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