13 Sep 2016 Lvl. 2
Alert created on: 09 Jun 2015 n° 8/2015 Turkey
LGBT Journalist Beaten by Police Officers
LGBT journalist Michelle Demishevich (T24) has been beaten on 1 June 2015 by plain clothes police officers in front of the Belgian Consulate in Istanbul. Demishevich was attempting to attend a press statement given by Sümeyye Erdoğan, the daughter of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The journalist has filed a complaint with the police, according to an article posted by her employer T24. The following days, the EFJ has received a second complaint from Demishevich who was harassed and targeted by an Islamist online magazine because of her origin and sexual orientation.
13 Sep 2016: In the immediate wake of the incident, an investigation was opened against the police officers involved. On 13 September 2016, the partner organisations of the Platform declared this case to be ”resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
27 Aug 2015
Response of the Turkish Government