May 26 2019

Turkish journalist shot in Adana in latest attack on Turkish press

The shooting of Hakan Denizli, founder of the local newspaper Egemen, in front of his home in Adana, is another in a string of attacks against Turkish press over the past two weeks, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported.

Denizli was hospitalised on Friday after being shot in the leg and the police are looking for his attacker, it said.

The shooting is one of five attacks members of the Turkish press in the past two weeks alone.

"This brutal attack against Hakan Denizli--the fourth assault on a journalist in two weeks--appears to signal an alarming cycle of violence against critical voices in Turkey," it quoted CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Gulnoza Said, as saying. "We call on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to strongly condemn the attacks and to instruct his law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice and to ensure the safety of journalists."

Other recent attacks on Turkish press include Ergin Çevik, chief editor of the local news website Güney Haberci, in the southern city of Antalya, on May 20; Selim Demirağ, a columnist for the nationalist daily Yeni Çağ, in Ankara, on May 10; and İdris Özyol, who was beaten outside the offices of his paper, Akdeniz'de Yeni Yüzyıl, also in Antalya on May 15, and former columnist with left-wing nationalist Turkish daily Aydınlık Sabahattin Önkibar on May 25.

All of the attacks were in apparent retaliation for the work of the journalists, CJP said.

Turkey has been the world's leading jailer of journalists for the past three years with more than 175 journalists and media workers behind bars, according to Human Rights Watch.

Around 180 Turkish media outlets, from broadcasters to newspapers and magazines, have been shut down, in the crackdown on the press following the July 2016 coup attempt.