11 Jun 2019 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 09 Feb 2016 Turkey

Journalist Rohat Aktaş, Injured while Reporting in Cizre, Dies

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CategoryImpunity for murder
Partner CPJ EFJ/IFJ RSF
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Rohat Aktaş, news editor and reporter for the Kurdish-language daily Azadiya Welat, has been trapped in the southeastern town of Cizre with a gunshot wound since 22 January 2016. As of February 4, the newsroom had not heard from him for five days. Aktaş was shot in the arm while covering efforts to help those wounded during clashes between Kurdish separatists and Turkish forces, his editor, Zeynel Bulut, told CPJ. Bulut said Aktaş is trapped with dozens of others.
Updates
11 Jun 2019
On 11 June 2019, the partner organisations of the platform decided to transfer this alert to the category of ‘impunity for murder’, based on their assessment of the lack of sufficient progress in the investigation of this case.
03 Apr 2017
In March 2017, a Turkish court has issued a detention warrant for Rohat Aktaş, who was shot to death on 22 January 2016.
25 Feb 2016
Local media reports that the dead body of the Kurdish journalist Rohat Aktas, working for Azadiya Welat newspaper, has been identified via DNA tests done by forensic authority. Aktas was trapped at the basement of a building in Cizre (Southern Turkey) with a gunshot wound since 22 January 2016.
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