The tragedy of Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink?s assassination has been compounded by years of destruction of evidence and foot-dragging by police and other officials, some of whom appear to be culpable in the crime. (for more information and a timeline, click here, or look under the category ?Armenians?; I have been following this assassination in some detail from the beginning on this blog.) And now it seems that the murderers might go free next year under the new law that limits arrest periods to five years if the suspects are not convicted.
Today at 3 p.m. a large crowd called ?Hrant?s Friends? will gather again in front of the building where Agos, an Armenian-Turkish newspaper Hrant Dink founded and published, is located. They will commemorate him and keep his burning flame for the truth alive.
The thing that I have been doing since 2008 is the same. I take my article about Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, who was killed in a racist attack, and send it to my newspaper for republishing.
Today, Jan. 19, 2011, family and friends of Hrant Dink will gather again at the place where he was killed four years ago. It has become a ritual that revitalizes the anger and the sadness many still feel on this day. But it?s also the right moment to show the determination not to give up in the fight for justice.
Today marks the fourth anniversary of the killing of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink by an ultranationalist youth in 2007, which led to a big uproar in Turkey and abroad. Despite the time that has elapsed since the murder, Turkey has failed to bring the masterminds of the attack before the judiciary, a situation which deeply hurts the people?s confidence in the judiciary and tarnishes Turkey?s image.
On the fourth anniversary of the murder of Hrant Dink, thousands of people are expected to gather in several cities all over the country to commemorate the Turkish-Armenian journalist. In Istanbul, people will gather in front of the Agos newspaper where Dink was killed.
from YOL (routes de Turquie et d’ailleurs) by anne
Pour l?anniversaire de l?assassinat du journaliste arménien Hrant Dink, voici un billet que j?avais mis en ligne il y a quelque temps, sur les lieux où il avait vécu ses premières années à Malatya. C?est le moment aussi de rappeler que malgré le temps écoulé, sa famille, ses amis et tous ceux qui le soutiennent attendent toujours que la justice fasse la lumière sur cet assassinat et sur ses commanditaires.
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After PM Erdoğan launched court cases against author Ataol Behramoğlu, journalist Oktay Ekşi and members of the Beyoğlu Troupe of Actors, he now also pressed a heavy compensation claim against journalist Ahmet Altan from Taraf newspaper.
Three men regarded as dangerous Islamist extremists in Turkey walked out of prison earlier this week, benefitting from a controversial new law.
The release of the militants, whose group was notorious for tying up their victims and torturing them before killing them, has triggered fears that the men may re-group and strike again.
Haci Inan, Edip Gumus and Cemal Tutar, charged with being leading members of the Turkish Hizbollah, a radical Sunni group that has no relation with the Shiite Hizbollah organisation in Lebanon, were set free in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir and in Istanbul, together with 15 other members of the group. Hizbollah has been blamed for nearly 50 deaths.
It is said that around 70,000 people filed complaints at Turkey?s Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) over the ?Magnificent Century,? a historical drama that is being criticized for depicting Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent drinking alcohol and seducing women.