Media Watchdog Condemns Killing of Turkish Journalist

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has condemned the killing of Turkish journalist Gungor Arslan, who was shot dead by an unknown armed gunman outside his office in Kocaeli province.

“We join the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and European Federation of Journalists in condemning the murder of Arslan, owner, and editor-in-chief of Ses Kocaeli,” the NUJ said in a statement.

According to IFJ, Gungor was subject to regular threats over his coverage of corruption allegations against Kocaeli Mayor Tahir Buyukakın, from the ruling Justice and Development Party.

Anthony Bellanger, IFJ general secretary said they are strongly condemning the “senseless killing” of Gungor Arslan. “We urge the authorities to leave no stone unturned in their efforts to find his killers and the masterminds behind this terrible crime and bring them to justice,” Bellanger added.

Bellanger expressed sadness over the murder of “a brave journalist” who did a great job exposing “corruption and wrongdoing”. “We send our condolences to his family, colleagues and friends at this difficult time,” Bellanger added.

Meanwhile, Turkish police said they have arrested a suspect, who fled the crime scene after shooting Arslan on February 19.

The Governor Office of Kocaeli, in a statement said the suspect was identified as R.O., and a comprehensive investigation has been launched into the incident.

R.O confessed the crime, saying two people instigated him to commit the crime. “They assured to help me and make me more comfortable and also take care of my family if I shot Arslan,” R.O said in his confession.

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