16 July 1996


RSF in Istanbul for opening of Metin Goktepe trial

**Updates IFEX alerts dated 30, 12 and 9 January 1996**

On 15 July 1996, a delegation from RSF attended the opening in
Istanbul of the trial of the policemen accused of beating
journalist Metin Goktepe to death on 8 January 1996.
The trial was transferred to the city of Aydin, some 400 miles
from Istanbul, for security reasons. RSF is concerned at the
pressure on one of the main defence witnesses, Deniz Ozcan, who
was kidnapped and suffered ill treatment for two days.
RSF has appealed to Turkish and European authorities expressing
deep regret that the trial was transferred to Aydin; expressing
concern at the pressure on the main defence witness; noting that
the progress of the trial will be a test of the Turkish
authorities' commitment to democratic principles and to
international agreements; and urging that European authorities
ensure that the trial follows the basic rules of international

Appeals To


Reporters Without Borders
47, rue Vivienne
75002 Paris
rsf (@) rsf.org
Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51
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