Ahmet Takan, a columnist for Korkusuz newspaper, was attacked in front of his house in Dikmen, Ankara yesterday (November 20).
A person in his late twenties hit Takan on the waist and back with a baseball bat. Discharged from the hospital, Takan went to the police station and filed a criminal complaint against the assaulter.
As reported by Yavuz Alatan from daily Sözcü, Takan has stated the following about the attack:
“I have been threatened for a long time, even for years. But, these threats never turned into a physical attack, till now.”
Known for reporting behind-the-scenes political news, Takan was previously working as the Ankara Representative of daily Yeniçağ. On June 26, 2018, he announced his resignation from the newspaper in following words:
“It is equally difficult to be a journalist and remain a journalist in Turkey. To this day, I have done journalism solely for the sake of values that I believe in. I am leaving you ‘for the sake of the survival of the institution.’ Hope to reunite with you in another place!”
Takan has been writing articles for Korkusuz since November 7.