Kurdish is considered a foreign language in Turkey
Editor in Chief of the Xwebûn newspaper, İdris Gürmez, has said that Turkey’s attitude towards Kurdish newspapers shows the state regards Kurdish as a foreign language within the country, according to a Mesopotamia Agency report.
After the weekly Kurdish newspaper Xwebûn was not given to prisoners because of “incomprehensible language”, more news of rights violations came from the Bolu F-type Prison. The prison administration did not allow the newspaper because Kurdish was deemed a “foreign language”.
The ban came to public attention after the prisoner Abdürrahim Akalp wrote about it in a letter he sent to Peoples’ Democratic Party Deputy Alican Önlü.
İdris Gürmez criticised the ban and said that Turkey’s attitude towards Kurdish newspapers was as if Kurdish was a foreign language within the country. “This is unacceptable”, he said.
Meanwhile, the petition initiated by the Kurdish Language Platform, demanding that Kurdish be the language of education in Turkey, continues.