(MENAFN- Arab Times) Thirteen Turkish soldiers were wounded when their convoy was hit by a roadside bomb explosion in the largely Kurdish eastern province of Mus, security sources said on Tuesday. Turkey has been hit by waves of daily violence between Kurdish militants and security forces, with much of it centred in the largely Kurdish southeast, since a ceasefire with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) broke down in July.
Meanwhile, Turkish prosecutors are probing a major media group for "terrorist propaganda" over its coverage of fighting between government forces and Kurdish militants, state media reported on Tuesday, in the latest in a string of cases prompting concern over press freedom in Turkey. The investigation focusses on the Dogan Media Group, which owns the independent daily Hurriyet and CNN Turk channel among other outlets, the news agency Anatolia said.
The inquiry was triggered by contrasting treatment of images of dead Turkish soldiers and members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), it said. Images of Turkish soldiers killed in Aug 29 in the southeastern province of Siirt were "uncensored", meaning their features were distinguishable, while those of PKK militants killed in a separate battle in Tunceli province were blurred, the report added. The Dogan Group is also being investigated over an interview by CNN Turk with an activist charged over her participation in anti-government protests in 2013, who is reported to have joined the PKK, according to Anatolia. Anatolia said the prosecutors were spurred to act after a front-page story in the progovernment Gunes newspaper on Sept 10, which accused Dogan Media boss Aydin Dogan of using his clout to protect "terrorists." "He is openly supporting terror, protecting terrorists and creating chaos with false stories," Gunes charged. Reacting to the proceedings on its website Tuesday, Hurriyet accused the prosecutors of swallowing a report that was "full of lies". The probe comes nearly two months into the resumption of fighting between the Turkish military and PKK, after the collapse in July of a two-year-old ceasefire.
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