Journalists Killed  |  Turkey

Metin Göktepe


January 8, 1996, in Istanbul, Turkey

Göktepe, a columnist for the left-leaning daily Evrensel, was beaten to death by police. He had been covering the funeral in Istanbul of two leftist inmates killed during a prison riot. His death prompted a public outcry among journalists.

After several trials, retrials, and appeals, in January 2000, an appeals court upheld seven-and-a-half-year prison sentences for five police officers involved in the killing. A sixth officer's sentence was reduced to three and a half years.

Medium: Print

Job: Columnist / Commentator

Beats Covered: Corruption, Culture, Politics

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Government Officials

Impunity: No

Taken Captive: Yes

Tortured: Yes

Threatened: No

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