8 July 1996


Editorial writer Kutlu Adali killed

Incident details

Kutlu Adali

Kutlu Adali, editorial writer for the Turkish Cypriot daily "Yeni
Duzen", organ of the left-wing Turkish Republican Party (CTP), was
shot dead outside his home in the capital, Nicosia, on 7 July
1996. He was hit in the head and died instantly. A left-wing
intellectual who often criticised political figures in his
editorials, Kutlu Adali had been receiving death threats. In
Nicosia, an anonymous caller telephoned the editorial staff of the
newspaper "Kibris" to claim responsibility for the killing. The
male caller said the murder was committed on the orders of an
extreme-right group, the Turkish Revenge Brigade.

According to RSF, Kutlu Adali is the 19th journalist to be killed
because of his opinions or in the course of his work since the
start of the year. A total of 13 journalists have been killed
since 1 January in Europe (including the former Soviet Union), six
of them because of their opinions or in the course of their work,
says RSF.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to Cypriot authorities:

  • condemning the murder as an extremely serious attack on press
    freedom in Cyprus
  • expressing support for all Cypriot journalists
  • asking that they do everything in their power to ensure that the
    perpetrators of this crime are quickly caught and brought to trial

    Appeals To

    Mr Rauf Denktash
    Representative of the North Cyprus authorities
    Nicosia, Cyprus
    Fax: +90 520 722 52

    Please copy appeals to the originator if possible.

  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
    47, rue Vivienne
    75002 Paris, France
    rsf (@) rsf.org

    Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51
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