Turkish opposition journalist Sabahattin Önkibar hospitalised following attack

Turkish journalist and former columnist with left-wing nationalist Turkish daily Aydınlık Sabahattin Önkibar was hospitalised after being attacked in front of his home in capital Ankara, independent news site T24 reported on Saturday.

Local residents intervened when three people attacked Önkibar forcing him on the ground and kicking him, T24 said.

Önkibar, who was taken to a hospital and did not suffer serious injuries, has filed a criminal complaint over the incident.

The former Aydınlık columnist resigned from the paper in April, citing the daily’s recent publications of pro-government articles. 

Önkibar is the fourth journalist to be attacked in Turkey in May. The chief editor of the southern Turkish regional Güney Haberci newspaper Ercin Çevik, Yeniçağ columnist Yavuz Selim Demirağ and Akdeniz Yeni Yüzyıl newspaper columnist İdris Özyol were also attacked in separate incidents. 

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has cracked down on journalists following the July 2016 coup attempt and Turkey has been the world's leading jailer of journalists for the past three years.

Human Rights Watch counts more than 175 journalists and media workers imprisoned in Turkey.