Magazine article New Internationalist

Silenced: Turkish-Cypriot Journalist Assassinated (Kutlu Adali Killed in Cyprus)

Magazine article New Internationalist

Silenced: Turkish-Cypriot Journalist Assassinated (Kutlu Adali Killed in Cyprus)

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Silenced

Turkish - Cypriot journalist assassinated

KUTLU ADALI, a well - known Turkish - Cypriot journalist, was shot dead outside his home in the Turkish occupied territories of Cyprus on 7 July of this year. Adali is one of four Turkish - Cypriots to have been killed in separate incidents on the island last summer. Turkish - Cypriots are rapidly becoming an endangered minority within the Turkish part of Cyprus. According to an article Kutlu Adali wrote in 1995, 40,000 Turkish - Cypriots have left Cyprus since 1974, to be replaced by 100,000 mainland Turks. 'It will soon be difficult to pinpoint a single Turkish - Cypriot on the Island,' Adali wrote earlier this year.

Although a census has yet to be carried out in the Turkish - occupied part of Cyprus, at least a fifth of the population now consists of Turkish military personnel. A 40,000 - strong Turkish army garrison has turned Northern Cyprus into 'one of the most highly militarized areas in the world, in terms of civilian - military personnel ratio,' according to UN General Secretary Boutros Boutros - Ghali.

A shadowy group, calling themselves 'The Turkish Revenge Brigade' claims responsibility for Kutlu Adali's assassination. But according to a woman witness, who has identified and named the killers, they were Turkish army officers. …

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