Out of Tragedy in Turkey Emerges a Journalistic Mission: 'The Year after My Father Was Murdered, Our Family Founded the Ugur Mumcu Investigative Journalism Foundation ... to Encourage Young People Who Are Concerned about Social Problems and Have Ideals of Hard Work and Humanity to Enter the Field of Journalism.'

By Mumcu, Ozge | Nieman Reports, Spring 2011 | Go to article overview

Out of Tragedy in Turkey Emerges a Journalistic Mission: 'The Year after My Father Was Murdered, Our Family Founded the Ugur Mumcu Investigative Journalism Foundation ... to Encourage Young People Who Are Concerned about Social Problems and Have Ideals of Hard Work and Humanity to Enter the Field of Journalism.'


Mumcu, Ozge, Nieman Reports


Someone--we still do not know who--affixed a plastic bomb to my father's ear, which exploded, killing him. The day was January 24, 1993, and this assassination took a life dedicated to investigative journalism.

It also ignited an outpouring of grief as hundreds of thousands of people marched in his funeral procession. After being trained as a lawyer and spending a few years practicing law, Ugur Mumcu switched to journalism in 1974. In the 25 books he wrote and in his articles published in Cumhuriyet ("The Republic"), the newspaper he worked for, he explored and examined some of the toughest--and most dangerous--issues of his day. Regarded worldwide as an expert on international terrorism, my father, with his pen alone, took on the topics of corruption, mob rule, imperialism, reactionary ideology, and terror.

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He believed that remaining silent or indifferent was "the crime of our age," and he received many awards for his willingness to speak out in defense of democracy and human rights. He was killed, it is believed, by the powerful interests whose crimes he exposed.

My father adhered to one basic principle: "A murderer is a murderer, no matter if from the right or left." He pressed for the investigation of many murders regardless of the political affiliation of the victim or whether a person was murdered for his convictions or in an act of terror. He dug for evidence about terrorist groups and their connections with weapons traffickers and he examined how these relationships played out in local and international politics. And he shared with the public the results of his investigations, involving the Kurds, arms trafficking, corruption, foreign intelligence services, the mafia, and the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II.

Here are words my father wrote in May 1992:

   ... the journalist must write
   articles based on news, events,
   concepts, documents and information,
   which requires the
   journalist to be a reliable person.
   The journalist has to keep
   secrets ... know how to keep the
   sources of news and information
   confidential, and should dare to
   dispute with the government and
   powers when necessary.

Training Young Journalists

The year after my father was murdered, our family founded the Ugur Mumcu Investigative Journalism Foundation in Ankara, Turkey. The aim of the foundation is to spread the ideas and principles my father lived by and to encourage young people who are concerned about social problems and have ideals of hard work and humanity to enter the field of journalism. Its guiding principle is the promotion of freedom of expression as it carries forth my father's understanding of the role and value of journalism.

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Each year the foundation trains young people, who apply to be fellows, to become investigative journalists with a three and a half month course of study. (The largest number of fellows we've had at one time is nine.) In the 360 hours of intensive courses--taught by about 50 academics and active journalists--the fellows learn how to:

* Write a news story, especially one with investigative elements

* Tell the difference between what "can claim to be news" and what is not

* Do investigative reporting.

The last of the how-to lessons is the most important so it is emphasized during the training. Other core lessons involve local politics, climate change, diplomacy, law, economics, and the principles of human rights. In the most recent program we paid more attention to digital media and editorial work in TV than we have in the past. To demonstrate what has been learned, each student prepares a report--covering a news story with indepth information and interviews. After their coursework is complete, they must pass an examination to gain access to internships at national newspapers and TV channels. …

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