04 Feb 2021 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 04 Feb 2021 n° 19/2021 Turkey

Police Attack Journalists with Tear Gas and Rubber Bullets at Istanbul Protest

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CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
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On 2 February 2021, Istanbul police in the city’s Kadıköy district fired tear gas at journalists covering student protests against a new university rector, and shot at least two members of the press with rubber bullets. Police have detained more than 250 people for their involvement in the protests, according to Reuters. Police shot freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker Kazım Kızıl in the face with a rubber bullet and also shot Murat Erkmen, a camera operator for the pro-opposition broadcaster Halk TV, in the leg with a rubber bullet. Neither journalist wrote that their injuries were life-threatening. According to Halk TV’s report, police also attacked Erdinç Yılmaz, a reporter with the station, who told his employer that he received a swollen knee and injured hand, but did not specify how he was attacked. Videos posted to Twitter by the independent journalism trade union DİSK Basın-İş showed police firing rubber bullets and tear gas directly at a group of journalists and shoving and manhandling freelance journalist Elif Akgül, a member of the union’s board. Police also punched Murat Bay, a reporter for the leftist news website Sendika, and damaged his camera.
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