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Journalists Killed in 2009 - Motive Confirmed: Cihan Hayirsevener

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 2010
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Güney Marmara'da Yasam
December 19, 2009, in Bandirma, Turkey

Hayirsevener, 53, founder and editor of the daily Güney Marmara'da Yasam, was shot three times in the leg while walking to his office in the town of Bandirma, northeast of Istanbul, at about 3 p.m., according to news reports and CPJ interviews. He died later that day at the Uludag University

Hospital in Bursa.

Umit Babacan, an editor at Güney Marmara'da Yasam, told CPJ that Hayirsevener had received recent, anonymous death threats in connection with his journalism. Hayirsevener had reported on corruption charges involving the owners of Ilkhaber, another major daily in Bandirma, the Hurriyet Daily News reported. Three principals in Ilkhaber had been imprisoned on charges of accepting cash payouts from a former mayor, the paper said. In late December, police said they had identified three suspects, news reports said.

Job:Editor, Publisher / Owner
Beats Covered:Corruption
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Criminal Group
Taken Captive:No


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