A journalist is killed in front of the newsroom of his media in Turkey

A journalist was shot dead outside his newspaper office in northwestern Turkey on Saturday, police and local media said.

Gungor Arslan, director and editor-in-chief of the local daily Ses Kocaeli (The Voice of Kocaeli), was seriously injured by the gunfire and died shortly after in a Kocaeli hospital.

Kocaeli police said they had arrested a suspect, but did not identify him or reveal details of the attack.

Erol Onderoglu, Turkish representative of the NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF), told AFP that Arslan had been investigating corruption in the city and had accused its mayor, from the ruling AKP party.

The journalist had already been the target of an attack and was also under investigation for his articles.

Turkey ranks 153rd in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index.

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