The first impact of these memorialization efforts was to increase political pressure on Turkish state officials to prevent similar violations. Supporters of the case worked to ensure that the police officers who killed Göktepe would not enjoy impunity, and they struggled to keep the case on the country’s agenda. This was achieved through coverage of the case in the news and through demonstrations and petitions protesting the government’s behavior. In this way, Göktepe became a symbol of state-sponsored rights violations targeting journalists in Turkey. Moreover, journalists began to become more organized, working to prevent the murder of journalists in particular, and in general to increase pressure on the state regarding all human rights violations. They formed a group called the Journalists’ Assembly Initiative (Gazeteciler Meclisi Girişimi) and began monitoring trials and presenting an annual review of similar rights violations during the “Metin Göktepe Awards.” When another journalist, Sinan Kara, was imprisoned following Göktepe’s murder, journalists responded in a more organized and effective fashion, which ensured that police would not dare to disappear other journalists.
16 Ekim 2006 tarihinde ise Hatay’ın İskenderun ilçesine bağlı Gökmeydan beldesinde, Metin Göktepe’nin adının verildiği caddenin ismi DYP’li Belediye Başkanı Necim tarafından ‘Atatürk Caddesi’ olarak değiştirildi.