The prominent Turkish journalist Gökçer Tahincioğlu announced that he has been sent threatening messages on social media from an account calling itself “The Invisibles”.
The so-called ‘invisibles’ were first heard of following the abduction of Turkish socialist activist Gökhan Güneş.
Gökhan Güneş, who was kidnapped as he arrived at his workplace and bundled into a car by a group of men on January 20 returned to his home after 5 days of dissappearance.
“They defined themselves as the ‘unseen’, as the ‘Invisibles’,” Güneş said in a statement on January 26 in Human Rights Association İstanbul Branch’s building.
Tahincioğlu wrote on January 30 an article entitled “The Invisibles and the visibles” on his column in the online journal T24 regarding the increasing number of cases of forced dissappearance attempts and abductions in Turkey.
Tahincioğlu announced on January 31 that a Twitter account named “The Invisibles” has started to send him threatening messages:
“These ‘friends’, whoever they are, obviously follow the agenda very closely. Other journalist/writer friends had been threatened from an account named as ‘Yesil’ or The Green (A notorious state assassin of 1990’s in SE Turkey). Following my article on ‘Invisibles’, I have been threatened by an account named ‘The Invisibles’. They write in a long and boring manner. Their creativity is on a zero level…”
In a screenshot of a message of the threats shared by Tahincioğlu, there was a video of assassinated Kurdish journalist Musa Anter and a message that reads as “Before he was killed, Musa was just like you as well,” was seen.