Turkish jornalist assaulted in Istanbul

CNN Turk moderator and Hurriyet columnist Ahmet Hakan hospitalized after being attacked outside his Istanbul home

Turkish jornalist assaulted in Istanbul

World Bulletin / News Desk

Three people have been arrested after a prominent Turkish journalist and television presenter was hospitalized after being attacked outside his Istanbul home.

Ahmet Hakan, a columnist for the Hurriyet daily newspaper and host of a TV show for the CNN Turk network, suffered a broken nose and ribs, according to media and hospital sources.

Hakan – despite being accompanied by a bodyguard – was assaulted shortly after midnight local time by four attackers as he was about to enter his residence in the Nisantasi quarter of Sisli district, Hurriyet said.

After presenting his late-night show, Tarafsiz Bolge, Hakan left work in a private vehicle along with his driver and bodyguard, Hurriyet reported.

The bodyguard was held off by one of the assailants as the other three converged on Hakan, beating him before driving away, it added.

Three people suspected of involvement in the attack have been detained but no further information has been provided by the police.

Hakan was later discharged from hospital after receiving treatment.

CNN Turk is owned by the Dogan Media Group, which also runs many nationwide TV channels and newspapers, including Hurriyet, whose premises were the target of two attacks in early September.

Hurriyet's editor-in-chief Sedat Ergin claimed the latest incident had been anticipated after receiving threats.

He stated that applications to the police for protection went unanswered.

Ergin, after visiting Hakan at hospital, spoke to journalists, saying: "He saw the threat but no measure was taken. In 2015 we, the journalists in Turkey are worried about our lives."

On September 6 and 8, Hurriyet's premises came under attack by stone-throwing mobs. The initial attack came after the newspaper was accused of posting a misleading tweet relating to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comments on the violence in Turkey and the general election.

The second attack two days later coincided with anti-PKK protests across the country following a heavy death toll among security forces personnel.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Ekim 2015, 09:26