Turkey's broadcast regulator imposes ban on security meeting leak

Thursday, March 27, 2014

ANKARA - Turkey's broadcast regulator RTUK imposed a temporary broadcast ban on a wiretapped security meeting between high-ranking Turkish officials leaked online on Thursday.

RTUK said in a written statement that it decided to ban broadcasts temporarily about the wiretapping of the confidential meeting between Turkey's intelligence agency chief Hakan Fidan, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Deputy Chief of General Staff Yasar Guler, according to the Article 7 of Law No 6112 on the Establishment of Radio and Television Enterprises and Their Broadcasts.

The meeting was apparently about possible threats against a Turkish territory in Aleppo, Syria -- home to a symbolically-important tomb.

The tomb of Suleyman Shah is currently under threat due to the escalation in fighting between the Syrian opposition and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, in the area.

Protected by Turkish troops, the tomb -- Turkey's only exclave -- and the surrounding area are located in Aleppo's Manbij district, approximately 30 km from the Turkish border.

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