On 24 January 1993, Ugur Mumcu, the investigative journalist, who had brought corruption cases and mafia-politics links into daylight, died when he started the engine of his car, which then exploded in front of his house in Ankara, fragmenting his body into pieces. Mumcu had been receiving death threats because of the files he had been investigating.


Born in 1942, Mumcu studied law in university 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.


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


Mumcu probably did more than anyone else to defend press freedom and human rights in Turkey. Despite his socialist convictions, he was admired and trusted by a wide range of former opponents and critics, 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 writings.




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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