Atatürk Ideology Charity (Atatürkçü Düşünce Derneği) published a statement online tackling and commemorating the Turkish Republic Martyrs, including the significant public figures Muammer Aksoy, Bahriye Üçok, Çetin Emeç, Ahmet Taner Kışlalı, Abdi İpekçi, Turan Dursun, Gaffar Okan and Uğur Mumcu who was assassinated by house 24 years ago.
The press release says:
“In these days of blurry futures and prospects, it shouldn’t be surprise that we still look for people like Uğur Mumcu and how he has never been replaced. He was a true investigative journalist.
The press release also included a passage from one of Mumcu’s articles on the Cumhuriyet Paper on 12 November 1985. It follows as:
“We have to take the Atatürk ideology as a national salvation movement. Atatürk ideology tackles democracy and freedom for everyone. We should teach these values with its natural structure. Once Atatürk ideology has become a –tool- under the hands of political power, the values we hold dear turn into fake ones”
The press statement commemorated and remembered Mumcu as a true Kemalist.
WHAT HAD HAPPENED?
Mumcu, as an investigative journalist, had started writing columns for Cumhuriyet daily in 1975, which he carried on doing so until his death. He mainly focused on Counter-Guerrilla and foreign intelligence activities in Turkey, by tackling and creating important reports regarding their possible relations to terrorist/separatist groups. Even if several court decisions in early 2000s sentenced different perpetrators for the assassination, instigators behind the assassination were never truly uncovered.
Mumcu’s assassination is among “unidentified murders” of early 1990’s, in which dozens of journalists, academicians, bureaucrats and businessmen were affected by.