An independent Turkish broadcaster was pulled off the air on Friday over allegations of “spreading terrorist propaganda”, its general coordinator said, adding to fears of a government cracking down on the media.

Turkey’s satellite provider Turksat halted broadcasts of IMC TV at the request of an Ankara prosecutor investigating whether the channel supported a “terrorist” group, Eyup Burc said.

“In Turkey, everything contrary to the official view is tossed into the terrorism bag,” Burc told Reuters, denying any ties with terrorist networks.

“This was clearly a political decision. The prosecutor has no legal right to seek our closure based on an allegation.”

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