A journalist critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government and its nationalist allies was hospitalized after being attacked outside his home, his newspaper said Saturday.
The Yenicag newspaper said columnist Yavuz Selim Demirag was beaten up by about five or six people with baseball bats after appearing on a TV show Friday. The assailants escaped the scene in a vehicle.
The reason for the attack was not known, but it came amid tensions over the top electoral authority's decision to cancel the results of the March 31 mayoral race for Istanbul, which was won by the opposition. It ordered a revote June 23.
Erdogan's party said the Istanbul vote was marred by fraud, but the opposition said the electoral board was pressured by the government, which wants to hold on to power in Turkey's largest city.
The journalist was in stable condition and was expected to be released from the hospital Sunday.
Source : VOA