17 May 2019 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 15 May 2019 Turkey

Journalist Yavuz Selim Demirağ Severly Beaten Up

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ RSF
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On 10 May 2019, in Ankara, Turkish journalist Yavuz Selim Demirağ was violently attacked by a group of unidentified men armed with baseball bats. The assault took place after the journalist, a critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, appeared on a TV show in the evening. He was immediately sent to the hospital with a broken nose and brain trauma, according to his newspaper Yeniçağ. Six persons allegedly involved in the attack were arrested and then freed a day later on the grounds that the journalist's injuries were not life-threatening.
Follow-ups
17 May 2019
New OSCE Media Freedom Representative deplores physical attacks on journalists in Turkey, urges authorities to swiftly bring all responsible to justice
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