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Jueves, 10 de junio de 2004 - 11:35 GMT
TV turca, ahora también en kurdo
Radiodifusión Turca.

Turkey starts Kurdish broadcasts.

The state broadcaster in Turkey, TRT, has begun transmitting short TV and radio programmes in several minority languages, in order to fulfil European Union demands, ahead of possible membership talks.

Programmes in Kurdish have been causing the most excitement.

This report is from Jonny Dymond.

Thirty-five minutes of broadcasting twice a week may not seem like much, but this is little short of revolutionary for Turkey.

Ethnic homogeneity is one of the founding principles of the republic. For decades the use of Kurdish has been banned, publications proscribed, broadcasters prosecuted.

That has all changed. The state broadcaster has yielded to government pressure and has implemented the law passed almost two years ago, allowing broadcasts in languages other than Turkish.

Given the ready availability of Kurdish language broadcasting on satellite television, it's unlikely that TRT's limited offering will attract a large following, but the symbolism is immense.

The Turkish Republic, which has for so long resisted recognising the Kurds as a separate minority, has done just that.

Jonny Dymond, BBC, Turkey

little short of
casi

homogeneity
homogeneidad

founding principles
principios fundamentales

proscribed
proscritas, prohibidas

yielded
cedió

implemented
implemento

other than
aparte del

ready availability
existencia, disponibilidad

offering
oferta

following
audiencia (en este caso)



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