Istanbul, Sep 17 () – Sedat Ergin, Editor-in-Chief of Turkey’s daily Hurriyet that has been attacked by pro-Erdoğan protesters two times, has recently filed a complaint to Bakırköy Chief Public Prosecutor's office, against the Justice and Development Party (AKP) MP Abdurrahim Boynukalın, accusing for “Insult”, “Threatening” and “Praising crime and offender” on Sep. 17.
Abdurrahim Boynukalın, also the Head of Youth Organization of AKP has delivered a fiery speech addressing a group that attacked Hürriyet’s headquarters in Istanbul on Sept. 6, which was captured on video and later went viral. Video footage taken since has also emerged, in which he can be heard threatening Hürriyet journalists and expressing his regret that they were “never beaten up before.”
“They have never had a beating. Our mistake was to never have beaten them up. If only we had beaten them up” Boynukalın has said in the footage, in which he also mocked Hürriyet editor-in-chief Sedat Ergin and senior columnist Ahmet Hakan for their reactions after around 200 assailants smashed the front windows of Hürriyet’s office building with stones and clubs.