04 Sep 2019 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 04 Sep 2019 n° 103/2019 Turkey

Journalist Levent Uysal Wounded in Shooting Attack

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CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
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On 29 August 2019, at around 1 a.m., journalist Levent Uysal was approached by two people on a motorbike who had been waiting outside his home. They were both wearing helmets and pretended to ask for directions. They shot at the journalist six times, hitting him in the leg. Levent Uysal was hospitalised after the attack. He has said that he believed he was targeted as a result of his work.

Levent Uysal was the owner of Yenigün, a recently closed local newspaper, in the northwestern city of Balıkesir. Uysal told Deutsche Welle that despite the attack and the economic issues he has faced, he would continue his journalistic work by broadcasting via the internet.

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, strongly condemned the shooting of Levent Uysal, expressing concern about the multiplication of violent incidents against journalists in Turkey. “This is the sixth grave attack since May this year in Turkey. More needs to be done to ensure that this deeply concerning trend is urgently reversed and that journalists are ensured a safe environment to work in”.
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04 Sep 2019
OSCE Media Freedom Representative strongly condemns shooting of journalist in Turkey, calls for thorough investigation
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