On 24 January 1993, Ugur Mumcu, the investigative journalist who had brought corruption cases and mafia-politics ties into daylight, died when his car exploded in front of his house. Mumcu had been receiving death threats because of the files he had been investigating.


Born in 1942, Mumcu studied law in university and he had worked as a columnist, investigative journalist and writer. He published books on current and historical political issues of Turkey. At the time of his assassination, he was working on the Kurdish problem and the PKK terror.


Mumcu was not the only person to be killed at that time; three academics of the same political inclination, secularists were also murdered: Muammer Aksoy, Bahriye Ücok and Ahmet Taner Kislali.


Mumcu worked hard to defend press freedom and human rights in Turkey. Mumcu was trusted by a wide range of people including conservative politicians.

It should also be noted that, in the harsh years that followed the military coup in 1980, Mumcu faced and eventually overcame a welter of martial-law prosecutions for his books.




The case into Mumcu’s death still remains unsolved. Despite all of the promises given by successive Turkish governments, Mumcu’s case has still not been entirely solved.

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