Hrant Dink

Hrant Dink

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.

Sadly 92 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.

 Hrant Dink

Hrant Dink

September 15, 1954
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.

He 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.

He was charged and convicted of insulting Turkishness in Turkey, charges which he denied.

News Articles:
Funeral of slain journalist in Turkey draws more than 100,000 mourners
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