Güngör Arslan

Owner, editor-in-chief and columnist of the daily Ses Kocaeli, was killed in a gun attack in front of his newspaper's office. According to media reports, Güngör Arslan was shot by an assailant in the chest and in the right leg outside his office in the city of Izmit. He was rushed to a hospital where he died of gunshot wounds.

Kokaeli region governor, Seddar Yavuz, said the authorities had arrested a suspect in connection with the journalist's killing and recovered the weapon believed to have been used in the attack. According to media reports, the suspect said in his first statement that "two people had instigated him to commit the crime."

Güngör Arslan was regularly threatened for his reporting over corruption cases, bribery and clientelism in his media, Ses Kocaeli. Threats escalated into action in April 2020, when a group of unidentified attackers opened fire at the offices of the local newspaper.

In an article published the day before his death, Arslan reported on corruption allegations against Kocaeli Mayor Tahir Büyükakın, from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).