Radio station launches bilingual Turkish and Kurdish broadcasts in Çukurca district of Hakkari


A new radio station established in Çukurca district, in the southeast of Hakkari province, along the Iraqi border, has officially started broadcasting in Turkish and Kurdish.

The channel, created by the district governor with the support of the Interior Ministry and Turkish public broadcaster TRT, was called “Çukurca FM” and was created eight months ago.

It aims to enhance the historical and natural beauties of the district while informing residents of the projects carried out by the municipality.

In addition to advertising programs via traditional terrestrial and online / internet broadcasting, the channel has created a platform for its audience to listen to Turkish and Kurdish songs.

Temel Ayca, district governor and deputy mayor, told Anadolu news agency that residents showed great interest in the radio station, and that students, vendors, soldiers and police who came to the station. district of different cities of the country liked to listen to the radio. .

“We are reaching more people every day. I think this is a good project for promoting the region,” said Ayca.

Claiming that the district has long been exposed to terrorist activity and therefore negatively impacted, Ayca said they are trying to show the beautiful sides of the area, noting that although Çukurca is a small district, this platform will hopefully overtake it, the borders.

“Çukurca will no longer be a place of terrorism. We have tried to contribute as much as possible. We are striving to carry out projects that will showcase the beauty, nature, people and culture of Çukurca,” Ayca said.

The terrorist organization PKK had used the rural areas of Çukurca for its activities until all terrorist elements were evacuated from the border district with counterterrorism operations carried out by the Turkish security forces.

A massive counterterrorism operation was launched in rural Çukurca, in the southeast of Hakkari province, in 2016, coinciding with the start of Operation Euphrates Shield, led by Turkish forces and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) to destroy the terrorist group Daesh. from northern Syria.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey as well as by the US and the EU. During its more than three-decade campaign of terror against Turkey, more than 40,000 people have been killed, including women and children.

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