30 Nov 2015 Lvl. 2
Alert created on: 13 Aug 2015 n° 38/2015 Turkey
Turkish Special Operations Team Attacks Journalists Covering the Transfer of Injured Police Officer to a Hospital
On 12 August 2015, a Special Operations team in Turkey attacked journalists who were covering the transfer of an injured police officer to a hospital in the Mardin province. In video footage, the team is shown yelling at journalists, “You are all militants!” before opening fire on them. In the Nusaybin district of the Mardin province of southeastern Turkey, a government office was attacked with the use of rocket launchers and weapons. A Special Operations police officer got injured and a member of the PKK was killed. The Special Operations team attacked journalists covering the transfer of the injured police officer to Mardin State Hospital. The team opened fire in front of the hospital and assaulted the journalists. Two journalists were wounded during the operation and policemen allegedly confiscated a journalist’s photographs and broke his camera.
: Taking into consideration the launch of an investigation by the Chief Public Prosecutor of Nusaybin upon complaints filed by the journalists, on 30 November 2015, the partner organisations of the Platform declared this case to be "resolved”, concluding that it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
15 Sep 2015
Response of the Turkish Government