VIENNA, 14 August 2016 - The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) expressed grave concern after news that a journalist has been beaten and murdered in Turkey.
Wedar Hussein Ali, reporter for the Kurdish RojNews Agency, was found dead on 13 August in the Kurdistan Region’s city of Duhok. Prior to this, the journalist was allegedly kidnapped by unknown individuals. His body was found on the side of a road. According to preliminary investigations, Ali was tortured to death.
According to sources, RojNews has ties with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
‘We are deeply saddened by the death of Wedar Hussein Ali, and call on authorities in Turkey to conduct a transparent, just investigation and bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice as soon as possible’, SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic said.
SEEMO is a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South, East and Central Europe and its press freedom work is supported by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) project, as part of a grant by the European Commission.