Hayırsevener, 53, founder and editor of the daily Güney Marmara'da Yaşam, was shot three times in the leg while walking to his office in the town of Bandırma, northeast of Istanbul, at about 3 p.m., according to news reports and CPJ interviews. He died later that day at the Uludağ University Hospital in Bursa.
Ümit Babacan, an editor at Güney Marmara'da Yaşam, told CPJ that Hayırsevener had received recent, anonymous death threats in connection with his journalism. Hayırsevener had reported on corruption charges involving the owners of İlkhaber, another major daily in Bandırma, the Hurriyet Daily News reported. Three principals in İlkhaber 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.