Despite promises to champion free speech, Elon Musk’s X (formerly Twitter) has suspended the account of Kurdish media outlet Medya Haber TV, raising concern over censorship and the silencing of vital voices, particularly those of marginalised communities seeking a platform.

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Despite Elon Musk’s initial assurances of supporting free speech upon aquisition of the social media platform X, formerly Twitter, the network has now censored Medya Haber TV, a Kurdish media channel, stifling voices that critically need to be heard.The move has raised significant concerns over press freedom and the stifling of diverse voices in digital spaces, and led to widespread criticism and concern among advocates of media freedom and diversity.

Medya Haber TV is a Kurdish media outlet that provides news coverage, including reports on Kurdish issues, culture and politics. It is known for broadcasting content that highlights perspectives and concerns of the Kurdish community.

The suspension has been particularly alarming for those who value the importance of upholding diverse viewpoints for global understanding and solidarity. Critics, including those on X, have voiced their disappointment, highlighting the role of leaders like Elon Musk in championing, rather than restricting, press freedom.

The incident has sparked a call to action for the support of transparency and the freedom of the press, emphasising the need for leaders to engage with criticism openly instead of silencing dissenting voices.

This move against Medya Haber TV is seen as a setback for media freedom, drawing attention to the broader implications for Kurdish media channels and the representation of marginalised communities in international media landscapes.