Ismail Saymaz

first_img Europe – Central AsiaTurkey Help by sharing this information Information hero Ismail Saymaz A reporter for the newspaper Radikal, Ismail Saymaz was covering a nationwide wave of demonstrations in the summer of 2013 when he found proof that it was shopkeepers and plainclothes policemen who had beaten a young protester to death in the western city of Eskisehir. As a result, he was threatened by the local prefect, who had said he could have been killed by other protesters. Saymaz is used to such threats. His articles and books have tackled all the most sensitive subjects, including the “deep state,” the Ergenekon conspiracy and political manipulation of the judicial system. He has been sued around 20 times and has been the target of virulent verbal attacks by government officials and the far right. Despite a lively media landscape, independent journalism in Turkey needs a vocation. At least 131 journalists have been fired or forced to resign in 2013and at least 13 are being held in connection with their reporting. Some have been held for several years. Malahat Nasibova Azerbaijan Find out more Milka Tadic Mijovic Montenegro Find out more Follow the news on Turkey to go furthercenter_img Blaž Zgaga Slovenia Find out more Receive email alerts Europe – Central AsiaTurkey Oleksiy Matsuka Ukraine Find out more Gorka Landáburu Spain Find out more See morelast_img read more