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Journalists Killed in 1992 - Motive Confirmed: Namik Taranci

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 1993
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November 20, 1992, in Diyarbakir, Turkey

Taranci, who worked for the leftist weekly Gercek, was attacked, shot, and killed, by two or three unidentified individuals on a street in Diyarbakir. One assailant grabbed Taranci by the shoulder, shot him three times in the head, and continued firing after the journalist fell to the ground. Before his murder, Taranci reportedly received a death threat by telephone. Gercek had reported on the Shi'ite Muslim militant group Hezbollah, which some speculated was collaborating with the state in its fight against the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) and PKK sympathizers.

Job:Print Reporter
Beats Covered:Corruption, Human Rights, Politics
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Political Group
Taken Captive:No


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