12 September 1997


Journalist Adil Harmanci threatened

Incident details

Adil Harmanci


(RSF/IFEX) - On 27 August 1997, Adil Harmanci, a journalist with the daily
"Olkede Gundem", was threatened with death by Saban Kahraman, head of
village security, a civil authority instituted by the army. Kahraman also
specifically let it be known to Harmanci's neighbours in the Sabaniye
quarter of Van, in eastern Turkey, that the journalist and his family had to
move out. The prefecture in Van was informed of the threats.

Harmanci had written an article in the newspaper "Demokrasi" --later shut
down and replaced by "Olkede Gundem" -- which was critical of Kahraman.
Charged with assisting the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), he was remanded
into custody and later arrested in November 1996. Kahraman was released on
24 February 1997.

Recommended Action

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  • expressing concern over the threats issued against Adil Harmanci
  • calling on them to take all necessary measures to guarantee the safety
    of Harmanci and his family

    Appeals To

    His Excellency Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz
    06573 Ankara, Turkey
    Fax: +90 312 417 0476 or +90 312 230 8896

    Ministry of the Interior
    Icisleri Bakanligi
    06644 Ankara, Turkey
    Fax: +90 312 418 1066 / 418 1795 / 417 2390

    Mr Lutfu Esengul
    State Minister with responsibility for Human Rights
    Office of the Prime Minister
    06573 Ankara, Turkey
    Fax: +90 312 417 0476

    President of Parliamentary Human Rights Commission:
    Mr Demir Berberoglu
    Insan Haklari Inceleme Komisyonu Baskani
    TBMM, Ankara, Turkey
    Fax: +90 312 420 5394

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    the Turkish diplomatic representative in your country

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  • Source

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    75002 Paris
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