Exiled Turkish journalist Ahmet Dönmez attacked in Sweden

New York, March 21, 2022 – Swedish authorities should conduct a prompt and thorough investigation into the recent attack on journalist Ahmet Dönmez and determine whether he was targeted for his work, the Committee for the Protection of Human Rights said Monday. journalists.

On Saturday March 19, in Stockholm, unknown persons rammed Dönmez’s car from behind and, when he got out of his vehicle, beat him, according to the news and tweet by the journalist.

Dönmez was driving his six-year-old daughter home at the time of the attack, according to the reports, which indicated he had suffered a head injury and was hospitalized in stable condition.

Dönmez publishes reports on Turkish politics and alleged corruption, as well as political commentary, on his personal website, Twitterand Youtube pages; he has around 147,000 followers on Twitter and around 55,000 on YouTube.

“Swedish authorities must promptly and thoroughly investigate the recent attack on exiled Turkish journalist Ahmet Dönmez, determine whether it was linked to his reporting, and hold everyone involved to account,” said Gulnoza Said, coordinator of CPJ’s Europe and Central Asia program. “The Swedish authorities must ensure Dönmez’s safety and ensure that he can live and work without fear for his safety or that of his family.”

Dönmez worked as a reporter for the Turkish daily Zaman until 2015, when he fled to Sweden “because of political pressure” according to his site. Turkish authorities shut down Zaman in 2016, and accused its staff of having ties to the religious Fethullah Gülen movement, which authorities have labeled a terrorist organization, as documented by CPJ.

CPJ emailed Swedish police for comment, but received no immediate response.

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