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Precious Press Freedom

3 May 1994

The Third of May is World Press Freedom Day. The list of journalists killed while performing their duties contains hundreds of names, and one of them is Lissy Schmidt.

The German journalist Lissy Schmidt settled in Istanbul in the 1980's as a freelance correspondent. She sympathized with the Kurds and their struggle for freedom. Lissy Schmidt was shot dead in April 1994, along with her bodyguard, near the city of Suleymania (Iraq). Her book Wie Teuer ist die Freiheit (How Precious is Freedom) was published in Turkish after her death, but banned by the Turkish government. Her publisher, the human rights activist Ayşe Nur Zarakolu, died while the case was in progress before the European Commission of Human Rights.