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Kurdish TV station goes live from Sweden

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19:10 CEST+02:00
The first independent non-commercial Kurdish television station said it had started broadcasting to the Middle East via satellite from an undisclosed location near Stockholm on Monday.

"This is the first independent Kurdish TV station aimed at all Kurds, and the first to broadcast in both Kurdish dialects and Persian," Kurdo Baksi, a spokesman for the channel, told AFP.

The station, Rojhelat TV, broadcasts two hours of news stories daily from around the world, with particular focus on the Middle East and Iran.

Rojhelat also plans to broadcast news, pictures and film sent in by individuals in Iran, Baksi said.

Most of Rojhelat TV's 20 staff members are Kurds from Iran, Iraq and Turkey.

The channel is keeping the location of its premises secret for security reasons.

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