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Journalists Killed in 1996 - Motive Confirmed: Metin Göktepe

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 1997
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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
Taken Captive:Yes


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