Help launch a full investigation into the murder of American war correspondent Serena Shim! Here’s how!
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Please help launch a full investigation into the murder of American war correspondent Serena Shim. On October 19, 2014 in Turkey, Serena was killed in a suspicious “car crash” while heading back to her hotel. A criminal trial against the truck driver involved was scheduled to begin March 2015 but never happened.
Two days prior to her death, news had spread that the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT) were actively inquiring about Serena’s location.
Serena was killed two days after claiming Turkish intelligence services had threatened her over her reporting of the siege of Kobane. Her death came just days after she spoke on camera of her fears of being arrested, claiming Turkish intelligence agents had accused her of spying after one of her reports suggested ISIS militants were being smuggled back and forth over the Syrian border in the back of aid vehicles.
Turkish President Erdogan once had Serena forcibly removed from a press conference after she asked him a question he didn’t like.
Without any official inquiry ever being issued or carried out, let alone an autopsy report, news coverage from the suppressed government-controlled Turkish media has made up the crux of what information the family has received.
Two weeks after Serena’s death, the U.S. State Department claimed “it does not conduct investigations into deaths overseas.” As a result, Serena’s death has been ignored by the mainstream news and has instead been mostly exclusionary to independent media.
Serena Shim documented Turkey’s role in the Syrian insurgency from the conflict’s earliest days, reporting first-hand on the presence of ISIS operating freely along the Turkish-Syrian border. She knew about the weapons transfers, and the non-governmental organization trucks being driven into Syria by the militants themselves.
Thank you, and help bring justice so Serena’s children and family will know she didn’t die in vain.
More information on the legacy of Serena Shim:
Remembering American Journalist Killed In Suspicious Car Crash In Turkey After Entering Erdogan’s Crosshairs
by Mark Mondalek
Text RESIST to 50409
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