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September 23, 2020 Europe

Turkey probes 'suspicious' death of US journalist Andre Vltchek

Turkey probes 'suspicious' death of US journalist Andre Vltchek - Czech Points

Turkish police are investigating the death of American journalist and filmmaker Andre Vltchek, 57, who died this morning in Turkey while traveling to Istanbul by car. The Turkish daily Daily Sabah reported about it. According to the newspaper, the prosecutor is investigating the death of a journalist born in Russia to a Czech father and a Russian-Chinese mother as a “suspicious death.”

According to Turkish media, Vltchek traveled with his wife in a rental car with two drivers from Samsun’s northern Turkish city to Istanbul, where his wife wanted to wake him up in front of the hotel in the morning but found him dead. His body was taken to the Institute of Forensic Medicine, and an Istanbul prosecutor began an investigation.

Vltchek was an investigative journalist, and, according to the AP, he also reported on areas of war, such as Syria, Iraq, and Rwanda. He has traveled to hundreds of countries and written articles for various media, including the German magazine Der Spiegel and the British daily The Guardian.

Vltchek also published several books, some of which were also published in Czech, such as Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to the Drone War, in which he discusses with the American left-wing philosopher Noam Chomsky, and the book The Empire Lies.

He has also made several short documentaries, including about the 2010 earthquake in Chile and Somali refugees in the world’s largest refugee camp in the Kenyan city of Dadaab.

On his website, Vltchek characterized himself, among other things, as a writer, philosopher, filmmaker, investigative journalist and revolutionary, and globetrotter, who fights against Western imperialism.