Journalists Killed  |  Turkey

Namik Taranci


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.

Medium: Print

Job: Print Reporter

Beats Covered: Corruption, Human Rights, Politics

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Political Group

Impunity: Yes

Taken Captive: No

Tortured: No

Threatened: Yes

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