On Security

Lessons From an Istanbul Shooting

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
May 12, 2016 | 08:00 GMT
Dilek Dundar helps to restrain Murat Sahin, who attempted to shoot her husband, Turkish journalist Can Dundar, on May 6 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Dilek Dundar helps to restrain Murat Sahin, who attempted to shoot her husband, Turkish journalist Can Dundar, on May 6. Reporter Yagiz Senkal, shown here protecting Dundar, was injured in the attack outside an Istanbul courthouse.
(Can Erok/Cumhuriyet Newspaper via Getty Images)

Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet has long been subject to intense scrutiny from the government. For several years, the daily's journalists have been regularly threatened and arrested for criticizing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). But on May 6, a lone gunman opened fire on the newspaper's editor-in-chief, Can Dundar, as he addressed the press outside an Istanbul courthouse. The attack was documented on video and in photographs to the extent that few assassination attempts have been, providing unusual insight into how it transpired and, ultimately, how it failed. By analyzing the video and photos, we can draw several important protective intelligence lessons from this attack....

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