Alataş, 34, a reporter for the independent daily Azadiya Welat, was found hanging from a
tree in an orchard in the Hadirli district of Adana in the predominantly
Kurdish region of southeastern
Hakki Boltan, editor of Azadiya Walat, told CPJ that a preliminary autopsy performed at the Adana Forensic Medicine Institute did not find evidence of foul play. Staff at the daily and Alataş' family, however, disputed the finding of suicide and called for a broader investigation.
Alataş had received several death threats, according to
Vedat Özkan, lawyer for Azadiya Welat.
On December 22, 2009, five unidentified men in a car approached Alataş on his
way to work and assaulted him. Atalaş sustained injuries to his legs and was
treated at a hospital in