Under obligations and conditions…the Media Department of the Autonomous Administration agrees on allowing Kurdistan 24 TV Channel to continue its work in the north-east of Syria • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Under obligations and conditions…the Media Department of the Autonomous Administration agrees on allowing Kurdistan 24 TV Channel to continue its work in the north-east of Syria

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from reliable sources that the Media Department of the Autonomous Administration decided to allow Kurdistan 24 TV Channel to continue its work in the areas of north-east Syria under obligations according to a statement issued by the department today, Friday the 6th of September 2019, stipulated that the channel shall abide by the community values, avoid violating an individual’s rights, beware of being subject to party agendas, and adopt all the values contained in the Press Charters of Honor in order to reach an authentic media that serves freedom and democracy that the Autonomous Administration believes in, the Media Department clarified that it has not issued any decisions about suspending the work of the channel, where complaints against the channel were considered as a result of violating the professional standards in some of its programs, and in this context, several rights organizations condemned through a joint statement, the suspension of Kurdistan 24 Channel in north-east Syria by the Autonomous Administration, and the statement which was issued on the 3rd of September 2019, reads:

We, in the human rights and civil organizations, have received with great concern the news that the autonomous administration authorities in northeast Syria canceled the work license in areas of the autonomous administration from the Kurdistan 24 Channel about a month ago.

Since this procedural act by the administration is a flagrant violation of the freedom of information and expression in accordance with the media law in force by the autonomous administration itself.

Therefore, it is the point of our resentment and condemnation, because of the infringement on the fundamental freedoms, and at the same time, this requires us to ask the autonomous administration to retract this unjust decision and return the license of work to the channel, which during its working period proved its commitment to professional standards and was professional and neutral as its code.

3/9/2019

Signatories:

1- The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

2- The Kurdish Legal Authority

3- Threatened Peoples Defense Association – Germany

4- Human Rights organization in Syria – MAF

5- The Human Rights Defense Association in Austria

6- Human Rights Commission – MAF

7- Syrian Center for the Civil Society and Human Rights Studies.

8- the Kurdish Commission of Human Rights in Syria (the Monitor)

And the Syrian Observatory published on the 2nd of September 2019, that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights calls the Autonomous Administration of northern and eastern Syria for allowing the team of “Kurdistan 24” to continue their work, where the Media Department of the Autonomous-Administration suspended the work of the channel about one month ago; after it broadcasted an interview with Osman Ocalan, the dissident brother of the leader of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party Abdullah Ocalan, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights asserts that as part of its follow-up to the channel’s work inside the Syrian territory; its work has been fully professional, and accordingly, the Syrian Observatory considers the suspension of the channel to be a flagrant violation of freedom of the media, especially since the channel was not biased towards one party at the expense of the other.

In a statement, Kurdistan 24 channel announced the closure of its office northeast Syria after it was suspended about a month ago, on the back of a live television interview with Osman Ocalan, during which he criticized one of the leaders of the Worker’s Party in Jabal Qandil, then the decision to suspend the channel north and east of Syria came despite the fact that the interview was broadcast from “Erbil” area north Iraq.

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