Journalists Killed in 1996 - Motive Confirmed: Metin Göktepe
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 1997|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 1996 - Motive Confirmed: Metin Göktepe, January 1997, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e6494fbb.html [accessed 8 March 2014]|
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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.
|Job:||Columnist / Commentator|
|Beats Covered:||Corruption, Culture, Politics|
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Murder|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Government Officials|