Beaten and bruised and laying in his hospital bed, this is the first picture of hate attack victim, Journalist Ahmet Dönmez.

Dönmez was left with severe injuries, including a fractured skull, spine and a blood clot after being attacked by an unidentified mob in broad daylight in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden.

The Bold news portal said that the assault took place in front of Dönmez’s six year-old daughter.

Dönmez is known with his sensational articles covering mafia groups aligned with the Turkish government and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Several weeks ago, he said he was receiving death threats due to his efforts to reveal the clandestine connection between a mafia leader, named Ayhan Bora Kaplan and Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu. 

He is currently in intensive care at a local Stockholm hospital.

In addition to his fierce opposition against the Erdogan regime, Dönmez is also known with his unprecedented criticism towards the Gulen group. He has recently published a series of articles revealing irregularities within the Gülen network. 

Who is Ahmet Dönmez?

Ahmet Dönmez is a Turkish journalist with some 20 years of experience. From the early 2000s, he had worked as now-closed Zaman daily’s political correspondent based in Capital Ankara. He left Turkey after the Turkish government forcefully took over Zaman on March 4th, 2016. He currently live in Stockholm. He has a personal website and a Youtube channel mostly focused on recent political developments in Turkey.