Journalists Killed  |  Turkey

Yahya Orhan

Ozgur Gundem

July 31, 1992, in Gercus, Turkey

Orhan, a correspondent for the daily Ozgur Gundem in Gercus, Batman Province, was killed in a morning attack by several gunmen while he was leaving a coffee shop in Gercus, according to a report from the newspaper. Three bullets that struck him in the chest and the back proved fatal; his parents found twenty-seven 9 mm shells at the scene of the assassination. The attack took place reportedly 100 yards from the house of the subgovernor, whom Orhan had criticized in his writings. A representative of the newspaper charged that the subgovernor and the mayor of Gercus had threatened Orhan because of the articles he had written. Just before his death, someone reportedly called the journalist's home and said, "We have killed all journalists. Now it's your turn."

Medium: Print

Job: Print Reporter

Beats Covered: Politics

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Government Officials

Impunity: Yes

Taken Captive: No

Tortured: No

Threatened: Yes

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