Turkish police detained three Turkish journalists, Canan Coşkun, Kazım Kızıl and Tuba Demir for investigating the suspicious death of a 11-year-old girl, Rabia Naz Vatan, the Turkish media reported.
Rabia Naz was found injured in front of her apartment in Giresun province in April 2018 and died immediately after she was taken to a hospital. Her father, Şaban Vatan claimed that his daughter was hit and fatally injured by a car and that the accident was covered up by local politicians and Deputy Justice and Development Party (AKP) Chairman Nurettin Canikli, who responded by filing a lawsuit for slander.
It was reported by several websites that there were no blood stains around the front door of the house despite the fact that she had deep cuts, especially on one leg. Eyewitnesses claimed she looked as though she had been carried there by someone.
In addition, on the same day the police in the town were notified about a girl being hit by a black vehicle.
Although the preliminary autopsy report did not rule out the possibility that she was hit by a car, the doctor told her father she must have fallen from a higher elevation or committed suicide.
Metin Cihan, a freelance journalist who first exposed the details countering the official narrative in the death of Rabia Naz, had to leave the country in September due to an investigation launched into him.