20 October 2003


Journalist beaten up by members of ultra-nationalist Turkish Cypriot group

Incident details

Murat Kanatli



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(RSF/IFEX) - RSF has condemned the 17 October 2003 beating of newspaper editor Murat Kanatli by members of an ultra-nationalist group in Nicosia, and urges the authorities to identify and punish those responsible, so that a feeling of impunity does not endanger all journalists covering the political situation in Cyprus.

The incident occurred after Kanatli, who edits the opposition weekly "Yeni Cag", covered a demonstration held by the ultra-nationalist group Grey Wolves in protest over the positions adopted by the European Union, United Kingdom and United States on a settlement in Cyprus.

Kanatli subsequently went to the headquarters of the Grey Wolves with the aim of interviewing the group's leader. On his way back to the newspaper's offices, he was attacked in the street by some 30 members of the group, who punched and kicked him and took his digital camera.

The police made no arrests, but they questioned Kanatli at great length about his reasons for going to the Grey Wolves headquarters. At his request, the police recovered his camera, but the Grey Wolves kept the memory card.


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