What do we know about the attack against journalist Sinan Aygul?

I just want you to think you think for a few minutes. You have a toothache and you go to the dentist. The dentists pull out your tooth and then you go home. Everything happens after that… Suddenly two people attack you from behind the door. One of them looks around, the other one starts […]

What do we know about the attack against journalist Sinan Aygul?
What do we know about the attack against journalist Sinan Aygul?
  • Yayınlanma20 June 2023 11:06
  • Güncelleme20 June 2023 11:35

I just want you to think you think for a few minutes. You have a toothache and you go to the dentist. The dentists pull out your tooth and then you go home. Everything happens after that…

Suddenly two people attack you from behind the door. One of them looks around, the other one starts hitting you. Continuously he hits your face. One, two, three does not stop. You are already dizzy due to the effect of the anesthesia. After the blows, your head hits the wall. You barely come to your senses and try to protect yourself from the blows. But it is useless…

The attacker says in your ear, “If you write news about the president again, we will kill you.”

After these words, you can understand why they are attacking you. Some people want to save you, but they are also threatened with weapons.

All these events are not from an action movie.

Since June 17, the attack and violence against journalist Sinan Aygul have been on the agande of Turkey.

Sinan Ayguel works as a journalist in Bitlis. He was allegedly attacked for writing about corruption in the municipality.

One of the attackers is Yucel Baysal, an employee of the Tatvan municipality, and the other is Engin Kaplan, who works as a bodyguard in the municipality.

Governorship: The police were suspended

After the images and videos of the attack were spread on social media, the Defense Ministry of Bitlis also announced that an administrative and judicial investigation has been initiated against the municipal employee and the police.

Journalist Aygul also indicated that the policeman who assisted in the attack is the guard of the mayor of Tatvan, Emin Geylani.

Geylani: I have nothing to do with this attack!

Geylani defended himself with his statement on social media and said that he has nothing to do with this attack.

I condemn this attack once again.

President of Tatvan Municipality Emin Geylani

Because of the punches several times, the jawbones of the journalist were broken. He will not be able to eat food for up to 15 days. His treatment must continue at home.

Sinan’s lawyer: The attack was attempted to kill!

A policeman and a municipal employee who was involved in the attack were also arrested.

Sinan’s lawyer, Ismet Eker, spoke to Botan Times: “If there was not such a big protest in the society, those people would not have been arrested immediately.”

The attack was attempted to kill and the attacker is trying to strangle Sinan. The camera does not see citizens, but citizens wanted to hamper the attacker. The attacker says, ‘I will kill you, I will break your neck’. We can understand the aim is to kill Sinan Aygul.

Lawyer Ismet Eker

Journalist Bali: The power of these attackers comes from impunity policies

Journalists in the region are also worried. Journalist Sanol Bali, who has been doing journalism in the region for years, thinks that violence has become normal.

The power of these attackers comes from impunity policies. We can inform from this attack, anybody hasn’t safe here. Maybe one day, because of our news, they catch us on the street and attack us. If they do not punish, we will see more attacks like this.

Senol Bali

Journalism organizations: We condemn the attack against Aygul

Journalist organizations in Turkey, The Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey, Journalists Union of Turkey, ÇGD, and DSF, condemned the attack and demanded that those responsible be brought to justice.

The attackers were arrested, but will the violence against journalists end with the arrest of those people?

According to the representative of Turkey of Reporters Without Borders, Erol Onderoglu, this is impossible.

RSF: Violence has become normal

We have been worried about the safety of journalists in the region. Hazim Ozsu was killed in 2021 in Bursa and Gungor Arslan was killed in Kocaeli last year. And the last attack in Tatvan shows how violence has become normal.

Representative of RSF Erol Onderoglu

According to the 2023 data of Reporters Without Borders, Turkey ranks 165th among 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index.

This news was translated by Yonca Sarsilmaz