Turkey: journalist Güngör Arslan killed in gun attack

  • 22 Feb 2022

The NUJ  has joined the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and European Federation of Journalists in condemning  the murder of Güngör Arslan, owner, and editor-in-chief of Ses Kocaeli. On 19 February, an unidentified assailant shot the journalist outside his office in a targeted gun attack.

The IFJ has reported that Güngör was subject to regular threats over his coverage of corruption allegations against Kocaeli Mayor Tahir Büyükakın, from the ruling Justice and Development Party.

The authorities have arrested a suspect and confirmed an investigation into the killing. Güngör's murder is one of many incidents of violence against journalists, in attempts to silence them and prevent media freedom. 

Anthony Bellanger, IFJ general secretary, said:

"We condemn the senseless killing of our colleague Güngör Arslan and urge the authorities to leave no stone unturned in their efforts to find his killers and and the masterminds behind this terrible crime and bring them to justice. We mourn the loss of a brave journalist who did a great job exposing corruption and wrongdoing. We send our condolences to his family, colleagues and friends at this difficult time."

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