'Those who killed Hüseyin are those who arrested the journalists today'

  • actual
  • 14:16 8 August 2022
  • |
URFA - Yusuf Serhat Bucak, one of the directors of the newspaper, describing the murdered Özgür Gündem newspaper reporter Hüseyin Deniz, stated that his friends were targeted because they revealed the truth, and said: "Those who shot Hüseyin 30 years ago are the ones who arrested the journalists today."
It has been 30 years since Özgür Gündem Newspaper reporter and writer Hüseyin Deniz was murdered in the middle of the street in the Ceylanpınar district of Urfa on August 9, 1992. Deniz, the nephew of the Kurdish scholar Apê Musa (Musa Anter), worked as a teacher in Siverek and Nusaybin for many years, and spent 3 years in Diyarbakır Prison during the September 12 military coup. The Kurdish language and folklore studies that Deniz started in these years continued later on. In 1991, he published the book "Gotinên Peşiyên Kurdan" consisting of Kurdish proverbs. Deniz, who is a member of the International Writers' Union PEN, published articles in many newspapers and magazines, especially in Yeni Ülke, Cumhuriyet, 2000'e Doğru, Welat and Özgür Gündem Newspaper. Deniz, who became the Ceylanpınar correspondent when Özgür Gündem Newspaper started its publication life on May 31, 1992, also wrote articles for the newspaper's forum column.
Deniz, who was injured as a result of an armed attack on the street on August 9, 1992, was taken to Diyarbakır with his family's initiatives as he didn't get examine enough in Urfa State Hospital; however, Deniz lost his life before reaching Diyarbakır State Hospital.
Musa Anter, who is the uncle and colleaque of Deniz, wrote on his column about Deniz on Özgür Gündem Newspaper, dated August 13, 1992, after Deniz's murder. Ape Musa Anter was murdered by JİTEM members in Diyarbakır while he attended to the Culture and Art Festival on September 20, 1992, 38 days after he wrote this article. As in the other "unsolved murders", the murderers of both Anter and Deniz were not revealed. After the murder remained unsolved for 2 years the weapon was caught on an Hezbollah member Mehmet Şah Bakır. Bakır was held responsible for the murders and was tried with a life sentence in 2001. The sentence was overturned by the Supreme Court on July 2, 2002. The Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court released Bakır on November 2, 2004. The case has still not concluded as Bakır disapeared after that date.
Yusuf Serhat Bucak, who was the director of Özgür Gündem Newspaper at the time of Deniz's murder, told the Mesopotamia Agency(MA) about his colleaque Hüseyin Deniz.
Stating that Deniz was a calm, and a man of few words and he liked to research, Bucak said: "Deniz's relations with his students were good. Deniz spoke to them in Kurdish and he was arrested on September 12 and held in Diyarbakır Prison. After ten years, Deniz started to wrote culture and art news stories for Özgür Gündem Newspaper. Deniz wrote on murdered journalists and asked in his article who was going to be the next? In that time, we organised a sit-in for the murdered journalists and Deniz participated in the sit-in but we took the news that Hüseyin had been shot just after it. Deniz was not properly treated in Urfa State Hospital and lost his life before reaching Diyarbakır State Hospital.
Stating that the remains of Deniz was taken to Ceylanpınar despite the police and gendarmerie's blockade, Bucak said: "The large crowd welcomed Deniz in Ceylanpınar. The straws of wheat were burnt, the fire were rising and Ceylanpınar was shining. Deniz was laid to rest at night. The funeral ceremony turned into an uprising in Kurdistan. Thousands of people came to the funeral ceremony and Deniz was laid to rest with slogan 'martyrs never die'. After the ceremony, the uprising continued."
Stating that Deniz and other journalists were shot because they revealed the truth, Bucak said: "Todays the state just changed tactics, it targets journalists and arrests them. The journalists face heavy prison sentences. They try to suppress us and silence us. The free press continues to grow every day despite they silence us. I have never forgotten them nor did the Kurdish people. We will never forget them."
MA / Emrullah Acar

View More Articles

14:41 Iran attacked bases of Kurdish parties: 2 dead, 7 injured
11:39 Political prisoners: We are faced to face with an execution system unlike any other in anywhere in the world
11:19 Political prisoner released after 30 years: It was sorrow and joy intertwined
10:46 Justice Bureau co-chairs lost their lives in Turkey's attack
18:01 'The withdrawal of Davutoğlu's testimony decision is scandalous'
17:30 Moghaddam: Iran failed to lose the motivation of the protesters
15:56 The Supreme Court applied against the acquittal of the 'good boys'.
15:30 HDP's visit to Şenyaşar family
15:16 Lawyers of Öcalan submits new application for a visit in İmralı
13:51 301 penalty request for Çağlar Demirel
12:53 Turkish State's 'illegal radios' are making propaganda
11:36 KJAR member Şaho: There is a rebellion against the system in Iran
17:06 Dişarı, a Democratic Modernity worker, was arrested
17:03 The prosecutor will give his opinion regarding the case against Kulp Municipality Co-mayors
16:04 Semra Güzel has been held in a solitary cell for 23 days
15:19 Emine Şenyaşar: Why don't you find the massacre footage?
15:15 Prison request for Peace Group member Tunç
14:37 Erdogan's 'adopted daughter' turned the confiscated real estate into a guest house
13:22 After TJA conference: We will defeat evil with female power
12:05 Baskın Oran: Alliance for Labor and Freedom is the key to the country's liberation
09:12 Balaç on death fast sent back to prison
19:02 Labor and Freedom Alliance: Joint struggle will be a step towards democratization
16:34 Condemnation to the confiscation of Xwebûn Newspaper: We will continue to write
16:09 Prisoners are held in cells in Ereğli High Security Prison
15:47 Death under suspicious circumstances in prison: he didn't commit suicide, he was murdered
13:13 Şenyaşar family: Those who stand against this power will lose
12:56 Doğanoğlu: Prescription application violates legal security
11:52 Protersters in Iran: Our only demand is regime change
10:53 Scabies outbreak in prison: Administration confiscated cleaning and bathroom supplies
09:24 Mazlum Abdi's support for protests in Iran
09:21 The family's resistance paid off: Hatice Ay laid to rest with slogans
16:07 Ferit Şenyaşar: The political intervention on the case should be lifted
16:03 Turkish airstrike on Shengal
15:59 New application submitted by Öcalan's family and legal guardian
15:41 KDP is establishing a base area on the hill where the soldiers were shot
15:40 Demirtaş and Mızraklı shaves their head for Jîna Mahsa Amini
15:28 Attorney Şakar: Committee of Ministers cannot act as if there is no ECtHR decision
13:49 HDP Closure Case: State mobilized for the HDP closure case
17:38 HDP to Iranian women: Your rebellion is our rebellion
17:04 Musa Anter Case: The struggle for truth and justice will continue
12:52 Lawyers of Öcalan submits new application for a visit in İmralı
12:51 Kurdish activist Raşin: Anger is so strong in the streets of Iran
12:02 One person arrested in Yüksekova
11:49 RAWA: Resistance in Iran will lead to gains in Afghanistan
11:47 Şakar: CPT and ECtHR are responsible for isolation in Imrali
16:45 Memkava under military blockade
15:37 Police attacks Saturday Mothers
14:35 Visit to Emine Şenyaşar from ÖHD and Rosa Women's Association
14:21 HDP takes to streets for Jina Mahsa Amini
13:40 Local authority cuts down thousands of trees to sell, claiming wolves kill sheeps, Forestry Directorate watches