After 12 days and the destruction of parts of the canal, Kurdish regional security forces evacuated the main canal building in Sulaimaniyah.
After NRT staff entered the main canal building, it was discovered that security forces had destroyed the broadcast equipment in such a way that it was difficult for NRT to begin broadcasting in the short term.
The security forces did not even have mercy on the dressing room of the female presenters and destroyed it.
Channel managers estimate that more than $ 1 million has been lost to the channel.
On December 7, security forces raided the main NRT building in Sulaymaniyah and stopped broadcasting due to news coverage of the protests.
A few hours later, the Ministry of Culture of the Kurdistan Region issued an order to stop broadcasting NRT for a week.
Following the ongoing protests and demonstrations, the Ministry of Culture of the Kurdistan Region extended the suspension of NRT broadcasting for another week.
In recent protests, 10 protesters have been killed and more than 100 injured.
Demonstrations against the deteriorating financial and economic situation covered most parts of Sulaimaniyah province, and activists were not allowed to gather in Erbil and Duhok.
The NRT channel, which was founded in 2011, was set on fire by security forces a day after it was established to cover news of protests in February of that year.
Over the past decade, the NRT canal building in Sulaymaniyah and the canal offices in Erbil and Dohuk have been attacked several times by security forces, and the canal offices have been closed several times.
In the Kurdistan Region, according to the Kurdistan Journalists’ Union, security forces have used the most violence and violations of rights against NRT journalists.