13 Sep 2016 Lvl. 1
Resolved
Alert created on: 04 Oct 2015 Turkey

Hürriyet Journalist Ahmet Hakan Threatened and Attacked

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Ahmet Hakan, a prominent columnist for the daily newspaper Hürriyet and a TV host on CNN-Türk, has been physically attacked on 01/10/2015 by four assailants outside his home in the Nişantaşı district of Istanbul. The journalist, who has previously faced death threats, was admitted to hospital after sustaining injuries to his ribs and nose. A video footage on Hürriyet 's website shows the perpetrators began following his car immediately after he left his office. The newspaper's headquarters were attacked twice last month by pro-government demonstrators
Resolved
13 Sep 2016: Seven suspects were identified and an investigation was launched against them. The attack was publicly and swiftly condemned by the then Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. On 13 September 2016, the partner organisations of the platform declared this case to be "resolved", concluding that it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
State replies
17 Nov 2015
Response of the Turkish Government (information provided by the Ministry of Justice)
Follow-ups
01 Oct 2015
OSCE Media Freedom Representative condemns attack on journalist Ahmet Hakan, and calls for improved safety of journalists in Turkey
01 Oct 2015
PACE President expresses concern at attack on Hürriyet columnist
01 Oct 2015
Secretary General Jagland condemns attack on Hürriyet journalist Ahmet Hakan
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