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Almost 30 years after my Dad’s murder, investigative journalists are still under threat

1.08 pm 24 January 1993. To begin with, my dad went from home, then my mom. There came the deafening noise of the explosion. The doorway eyeglasses in the living area flickered, along with the cups at the display were dislodged. My dad’s Renault 12 in the front of the home was crushed, his body surpassed the wall of 2 meters from the harshness of the explosion, falling upon the snowy dirt of their water tank channel. His eyeglasses stayed intact, along with the pen in the interior pocket of his coat was broken up into two.

After my father’s murder, assassinations would occur throughout 1993. It could be known as the year of this”unnamed coup” in certain circles. But, we’d not have an opportunity to discover who staged that alleged coup or who perpetrated that offense.

My dad, Uğur Mumcu, who began his writing career in the summer of 1968, dedicated his life to analyzing the realities of this nation as a lawyer. If there was a review report which has been hushed up, it’d come to my dad. If there was an unsolved murder, it’d come to my dad. These items would include the same sentence: “Just Uğur Mumcu could write about this.” In the summertime, he’d compose’Mobilya Dosyası,’ or The Document of Furniture, collectively with Altan Öymen concerning the scandal of Yahya Demirel, the nephew of their prime minister, smuggling of furniture. Due to it, they’d include the word”bogus export” into the lexicon.

From the book, he’d create the following observation: “This furniture narrative shows how capitalism works in Turkey. The taxation given by the taxpayers with good difficulty is moved into the nephew of the prime minister using all the’different’ tricks of capitalism and the democratic arrangement functions to the reign of brothers and nephews. In the last several decades, memoranda are granted, courts are established, people are pitched into the tissues, tortured, young men are hung on the gallows and ultimately, this manner, the prime minister’s nephew was enriched.”

He’d follow along with the murder of journalist Abdi İpekçi, that had been murdered on 1 February 1979, also discovered himself as a witness and a horror specialist in the case of Mehmet Ali Ağca along with his attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II in Italy. The posts he wrote six days every week in his column called tracking’ would comprise Turkey’s history. He’d show the details in each of the documents he managed by clinching his memory along with his research capability with his law understanding. He’d work in several regions; from weapons smuggling to terrorism and his publication”Rabıta” (“The Connection”), in which he detailed the structuring of the Muslim Brotherhood, along with the research to the Cemalettin Kaplan community in Germany.

He’d take care of the suspicious phases of the Turkish Republic at the end of 1980 in his study books. Until the night of 22 January 1993, the topic he had been working on has been the probable relations of PKK leader, Abdullah Öcalan together with the National Intelligence Service.

Procedure for this litigation

Despite all of the attempts of our loved ones, the murder investigation didn’t begin for quite a while. The”words of honor” provided by politicians were abandoned. The prosecutor investigating the episode, Kemal Ayhan, was discovered dead in his home a brief time after he stated, “that there were global intelligence organizations, several mafias and shadowy powers behind the murder.” The analysis of this murder could restart as a result of the existence of a strategy of the website of murder to a floppy disc located at a Hezbollah house in 1999.

It had been known that the bomb setup used in my dad’s car was also utilized in various murders. This organization could be decided to become a terrorist band making decisions by itself. And the person who gave the arrangement the exerciser of this assault could be found. Baki Tuğ, on the flip side, would opt to refute the final interview he gave to my dad.

Rabıta

His study declared’Rabıta,’ he composed in 1987, could resonate with the explanations and public could come from the different levels of the nation. In his publication, he’d inspect the relations of Saudi Arabian ideological orientations and monetary resources on earth. Ultimately, he’d write these words: “The most powerful assurance of freedom of belief and faith is that the principle of secularism. This principle has been introduced to stop political spiritual moves from controlling the country’s government.

dy declared’Rabıta,’ he composed in 1987, could resonate with the explanations and public could come from the different levels of the nation. In his publication, he’d inspect the relations of Saudi Arabian ideological orientations and monetary resources on earth. Ultimately, he’d write these words: “The most powerful assurance of freedom of belief and faith is that the principle of secularism. This principle has been introduced to stop political spiritual moves from controlling the country’s government.

“We know how important and crucial this principle is together with the events we encounter each day… The financial institutions, businesses, and foundations together with the spiritual intentions of Saudi sources followed this governmental and political strategy of the Saudi Kingdom. This system of relationships has changed society day by day… The history of humankind has to show us that ideas and beliefs can’t be destroyed by force.

“On the contrary, whichever program would like to suppress and destroy the political perspectives and beliefs, these notions and beliefs collect strength mostly on the market. The remedy would be to eliminate all obstacles to the left and then limit the liberty of belief and thought. In closed regimes, these moves capture the country employees cadres using their insidious and shadowy Techniques.”. It’s agonizing to understand and believe these sentences continue to be valid in Turkey.

Social Memory Machine

Over the previous decades, we’ve strengthened our community of solidarity with households that have lost their loved ones in unsolved murders, launching a platform called”Social Memory”. Turkey’s deep wounds stay as they are in the country’s memory. Neither the murder of author Sabahattin Ali in 1949 was resolved, nor of İlhan Erdost at 1980 Hrant Dink in 2007 or Tahir Elçi in 2015.

While we assumed this orderly”cycle of impunity” was just occurring in Turkey, we began to see similar events occurring overseas, directly underneath our noses. These murders seem to be illustrations of a similar arrangement taking origin in our neighbors. First, kill the journalist, then attempt to discredit the household, then leave the murder at the”cycle of impunity” with continuing trials.

First, kill the journalist, attempt to discredit the household, then leave the murder at the”cycle of impunity” with continuing trials.
My dad’s words ring true as far now as they did the day that he wrote them: “We got to unlimited troubles due to discovering such connections and showing corruption; we had been imprisoned, isolated in cells, handcuffed, we transported stones onto our backs; however those individuals, who set an empire within the countless nation, who dwelt fairy tales using their cooks, cooks, caravanserais, bathrooms and million-year mansions announced us that the’enemies of their homeland.’ They attempted to bully and frighten us by utilizing the papers they possessed. I introduce them to the attention of conscientious men and women.”

This season is the 27th Anniversary of my dad’s murder. The area where my dad’s body dropped is currently a park and a monument was constructed on the wall destroyed by the explosion. We had been on the road and directly beside his island with candles and carnations. As I lit the candle for my dad this year recalled once more that the values he signifies didn’t perish.

Even though the murders went to the”cycle of impunity,” I’ll leave my private tragedy apart and recall his domain. I’ll continue to tell my story to the younger generations so that the next child doesn’t join our big household of unsolved murders.