An assailant tries to shoot prominent Turkish journalist Can Dundar outside Istanbul’s court ahead of a verdict in Dundar’s trial on charges of revealing state secrets. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Turkish journalist says he’s “fine” after shooting attempt
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STORY: An assailant attempted to shoot a prominent Turkish journalist on Friday (May 5) outside a courthouse in Istanbul just before the verdict in his trial on charges of revealing state secrets was due to be announced, a Reuters witness said.
The assailant shouted “traitor” before firing at least three shots in quick succession at Can Dundar, the Reuters witness said. Dundar, the editor-in-chief of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper, was unharmed but a reporter covering his trial appeared to have been injured, the witness said.
Dundar said he said the blame for this attempted shooting should be placed upon those who made them a target.
“This is the result after all the provocation and being shown as targets. We should blame those who made us targets. This is what will happen if you make a man a target,” he said.
Crowds of reporters were waiting outside the courthouse for the verdict in the closed-door trial. The case has drawn international criticism of the EU candidate nation’s press freedom record.
Dundar and Erdem Gul, the newspaper’s Ankara bureau chief, could face life in jail on espionage charges and attempting to topple the government for publishing footage that purported to show Turkey’s state intelligence agency ferrying weapons into Syria in 2014.