In memory of a
prominent Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink
Hrant Dink Gunned Down in Istanbul-Turkey, January 19, 2007
Becomes victim of Turkey's Armenian Genocide Denial Policy. Dink was killed because of his ideas, ideas that aren't accepted to the state.
years after the start of the Armenian Genocide, Hrant Dink is now
the latest victim of Turkey's outrageous campaign of denial and
intolerance. This brutal murder serves as a wake up call to the
United States, the Turkish Society and the entire international
community to unite together in ending forever the Turkish
government's denial of the Armenian Genocide.
"We are all
Hrants" and "The truth has prevailed"
May Dink rest in peace. May God
accept him into heaven.
January 19, 2007
|Hrant Dink (September 15, 1954 - January 19, 2007)|
Hrant Dink (September 15, 1954 - January 19,
2007) was born in Malatya. Dink was best known for his role as editor of
'Agos' Turkish and Armenian Language weekly in Istanbul. He worked as the
columnist and editor-in chief of AGOS
weekly newspaper, which can be regarded as the voice of Armenian
community, from 1996 until January 19, 2007 when he was shot dead outside
of his office.
At the age of
seven, he migrated to İstanbul together with his family. In Istanbul, his
parents got divorced and he was raised by the Armenian Orphanage in
Gedikpasa, Istanbul with his 2 siblings.
He got his primary and
secondary education in Armenian schools. Immediately after secondary
school, he got married to Rakel, a
childhood friend from the orphanage. Hrant finished the Istanbul
University's Science Faculty with a degree in zoology. Hrant served 8
months with the Turkish Naval Infantry Regiment in Denizli to satisfy his
mandatory military service. He had three
children with his wife.
graduated from Zoology Department of İstanbul University’s Science
Faculty. Then he continued his education at Philosophy Department of the
same university’s Literature Faculty for a while.
He started to
publish the Turkish-Armenian weekly newspaper AGOS on April 5, 1996 to
establish a bridge of communication and understanding between the larger
Turkish population and the Turkish-Armenian community which he complained
was living too isolated an existence. He tried to make AGOS newspaper a
democrat and oppositional voice of Turkey and also to share the injustices
done to Armenian community with public opinion.
One of the major
aims of the newspaper is to contribute to dialogue between Turkish and
Armenian nations and also between Turkey and Armenia.
He took part
in various democratic platforms and civil society organizations.
was charged and convicted of insulting Turkishness in Turkey, charges
which he denied.
Funeral of slain
journalist in Turkey draws more than 100,000 mourners
Dink's Murder Becomes Political
Earthquake For Inner and Foreign Policy of Turkey, Armenian Intellectuals