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Posted 25 October 2017 - 08:42 AM

The Armenian Weekly
Oct 24 2017
Hrant Dink Foundation to Receive 2017 Chirac Prize for Conflict Prevention

By Contributor on October 24, 2017


PARIS—The Chirac Foundation has announced that its 2017 Chirac Prize for Conflict Prevention will be awarded to the Istanbul-based Hrant Dink Foundation.

“[The] Hrant Dink Foundation defines the development of a culture of dialogue, empathy, and peace as the basis of all its activities,” read a part of the statement released by the foundation. The decision came after the Chirac Foundation’s Sept. 27 convention.

“[Dink’s] family, instead of withdrawing into itself and bearing the feelings of animosity and revenge, established the foundation, which has become an indispensable actor in the debates on Turkey’s democratization. At a time when hundreds of thousands of refugees are passing through the territories of Turkey, the foundation’s preemptive efforts to eradicate hate speech in the media through discourse analysis, media monitoring, and education programs do constitute an immediate and determined act for preventing conflicts,” the statement went on.

During the prize ceremony, which will be held on Nov. 23, will be attended by the Jury members and selection committee as well as the international media and leading opinion makers that pursue rights-based advocacy.

The Chirac Foundation will also present its Culture for Peace Prize to Zoukak Theater Company, which has been contributing, through theater, to the rehabilitation efforts of refugees living in Lebanon camps.

“Chirac Foundation’s recognition has given us encouragement and strength to continue our efforts of contributing to the democratization of Turkey through our foundation, which carries out its activities with the support and engagement of a range of individuals from different professions and strives to keep alive the dreams, struggle, language and heart of my husband Hrant Dink – who was taken away from us in 2007,” said Rakel Dink, the President of Hrant Dink Foundation, who will accept the prize from French President Emmanuel Macron.


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Posted 07 December 2017 - 09:45 AM

Authorities knew about Dink’s murder six months before: Case suspect Yıldız EYÜP SERBEST - ISTANBUL 5a27b3912269a3209ccf11f0.jpg


Speaking at a hearing of the case on Dec. 5, former Trabzon Gendarmerie Intelligence head Lt. Col. Metin Yıldız said the authorities knew of a plot to assassinate Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink six months before he was shot dead in 2007.

“We heard from Coşkun İğci, who worked at the Soil Products Office, that [Yasin] Hayal was planning the killing of Hrant Dink,” Yıldız, who is being tried under arrest in the case, said at the 14th Istanbul Heavy Penal Court.

“I briefed Ali Öz about this. He gave me no orders. It was busy in the department at the time, so I focused on other tasks. But it was certain Hayal and three or four others would be carrying out this act. There was an intelligence loop,” he added.

However, former Trabzon Gendarmerie Chief Ali Öz, who is also being tried under arrest, said in the same hearing that he “does not recall being conveyed this information.”

“My fault is not ordering the personnel to write down such allegations at the time. My mistake is that I trusted the office. I believe the personnel had no bad intentions. Information was skipped in this matter but that information was not on the records,” Öz added.

Dink, the former editor-in-chief of weekly Agos, was shot dead outside his office in Istanbul’s Şişli district on Jan. 19, 2007 by 17-year-old Ogün Samast, who had traveled to Istanbul from the Black Sea province of Trabzon before the murder.

Relatives and followers of the case have claimed government officials, police, military personnel and National Intelligence Agency (MİT) officials played a role in Dink’s murder by neglecting their duty to protect the late journalist.


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Posted 09 December 2017 - 11:21 AM

Daily Sabah, Turkey
Dec 8 2017
5 released in trial over murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist
A court in Istanbul ordered the release of five suspects in a trial related to the 2007 murder of renowned Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink.

The suspects were the staff of Istanbul's gendarmerie command when Dink was gunned down by a teenager in front of the Agos weekly newspaper, where Dink was editor-in-chief.

The defendants were among the 85 people tried for negligence and deliberate negligence that amounts to a cover-up regarding the intelligence reports about the murder plot.

Dink's murder was initially attributed to nationalists disturbed by his outspokenness regarding the Armenian "genocide," a thorny issue for Turkey, especially for nationalists.

Ogün Samast, a teenager, was captured and sentenced to 23 years in prison for the daytime murder, but further inquiry found several public and police officials linked to the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) had tried to cover-up the case.

FETÖ is implicated in several cases, ranging from last year's coup bid, blamed on its infiltrators in the military, to illegal wiretapping and sham trials.

The terrorist group used the murder to "incite chaos" in Turkey, according to prosecutors.

FETÖ supporters had blamed several prominent figures, from military officers to academics, of having a role in the murder and tried to tie it to Ergenekon, a gang concocted by FETÖ-linked prosecutors to imprison its critics.

The first trial for the murder ended in 2012, with only 19 defendants. At the time, an Istanbul court ruled in favor of the prison sentences for Samast and his friends, including a police informant.

A higher court threw out terrorism charges for the suspects, saying Samast and the others were merely members of a criminal gang.

A new investigation years later turned the spotlight on the role of the police chiefs and intelligence officials accused of covering up intelligence reports on the murder plot and evidence of possible negligence by the prosecutors and judges handling the murder case as it was determined that they were linked to FETÖ.

Ramazan Akyürek and Ali Fuat Yılmazer, who were senior police intelligence officials at the time of Dink's murder, face life imprisonment on charges of homicide and terrorism, as well as forgery and destroying official documents, while other public officials face shorter prison terms for negligence and abuse of duty for their role in the cover-up.

In the 15th hearing of the case at Istanbul's 14th High Criminal Court, judges ordered the release of gendarmerie officers Bekir Yokuş, Ecevit Emir, Emre Cingöz, Hacı Şerif Şimşek and Şeref Ateş due to a lack of evidence.

The court said GPS records showing the location of the suspects did not corroborate the claims that they were at the crime scene before and while Samast fired the fatal shots at Dink.

The court ordered a travel abroad ban and judiciary control for the defendants and adjourned the hearing to Jan. 29.


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Posted 10 December 2017 - 11:12 AM

Panorama, Armenia
Dec 9 2017
Hrant Dink case: Turkey trying to win the favor of the nationalist

By releasing from the court hall all the five gendarmerie officers being tried over the 2007 assassination of the Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, Turkish authorities proved they were trying to the win the favor of the nationalists, expert in Turkey Mushegh Khudaverdyan told Panorama.am, pointing out all the members of the six former gendarmerie intelligence officers complicit in the 2007 assassination of the journalist represented the nationalist party,

“Turkey’s Justice and Development party has recently formed a coalition with the the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) which is regularly organizing rallies against the national minorities living in Turkey, including Armenians. Now, the authorities are trying to win the favor of nationalists given the ongoing worries to maintain the power in the highest echelons of the leadership,” Khudaverdyan noted.

In the expert’s words, the permissiveness of the Turkish courts has even further reinforced the atmosphere of fear dominant in the national minorities residing in the country.

“Seline Doghan and Garo Paylan, MPs of Armenian origin at Turkish Mejlis have repeatedly spoken up, pointing to the negative attitude toward minorities in Turkey persisted throughout its history,” the expert said, adding those pressures gave birth to the Kurdish rebel forces in the 1970s struggling to draw the attention of Turkish authorities to end repressions and even resorted to arms to that end.


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Posted 26 December 2017 - 09:41 AM

News.am, Armenia
Dec 24 2017
Ozdemir: Turkish state played a role in Dink’s murder
20:01, 24.12.2017

It is known that the Turkish state played a role in the murder of Istanbul Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, Bundestag member Cem Ozdemir said in an interview with DW.

Asked to comment on the recent claims by Turkish parliament MP Garo Paylan, that that  Turkish academics, journalists and literary figures who have fled the governing Justice and Development Party are in grave danger, Ozdemir said he had now information about this, but it “wouldn't be surprising”.

“But it wouldn't surprise me given that Hrant Dink, a Turkish-Armenian journalist and a good friend of mine, was killed by a 16-year-old [in Istanbul] — and it's known that the Turkish state played a role in this murder. Then you also see how Turkish dissidents are not only jailed, silenced or expelled but also intimidated and subjected to physical violence. Germany should be aware of this and above all else prevent the growth of separate societal structures. Some examples of this already exist, such as Osmanen Germania, a Turkish-nationalist boxing gang, or the Union of European Turkish Democrats (UETD),” he said.

Ozdemier said he had recently visited an event organized by Turkish-Armenian journalist and blogger Hayko Bagdat, was wearing a bullet-proof vest because he'd received credible death threats a day earlier.

“I think we must make it clear that Germany will not tolerate such a climate of fear. It's bad enough that such fear already pervades Turkish society,” he added.


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Posted 18 January 2018 - 10:27 AM

Armenpress News Agency , Armenia
January 16, 2018 Tuesday

Hrant Dink commemorative events to be held in Istanbul on death anniversary

YEREVAN, JANUARY 16, ARMENPRESS. A number of commemorative events will
be held throughout Turkey on the 11th anniversary of Armenian-Turkish
editor-in-chief of Agos Hrant Dink’s death.

Just like every year, a vigil will be held outside Dink’s office, the
place where he was shot dead in Istanbul, Agos reports.

A conference titled “Hrant Dink, human rights and freedom of the
speech” will be held in the city’s Bogazici University, where French
Marxist scholar Etienne Balibar will deliver a speech January 17.

The famous DurDe organization will organize a discusson on the same
day in the Cezayir Hall in Istanbul. Speeches will be made by Dink
murder case attorney Hakan Bakirjroglu, former MP Ufuk Uras, writer
Umit Kivanc and activist Yildiz Onen.

Commemorative events are expected to be held worldwide.

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 09:04 AM

Armenpress News Agency , Armenia
January 19, 2018 Friday

Only Dink could've reconciled Armenians and Turks – Baskin Oran

YEREVAN, JANUARY 19, ARMENPRESS. Turkish scholar Baskin Oran says he
is convinced that Hrant Dink was silenced because he was the only man
who could have succeeded in reconciling Armenians and Turks, the
scholar told ARMENPRESS on the 11th anniversary of death of the Agos
Editor In Chief.

Although 11 years passed since the murder of Hrant Dink, the true
perpetrators are still at large. Asked whether or not once can expect
the Turkish judicial system to find the perpetrators eventually, Oran
said: “One can’t expect justice in any matter from the present day
Turkey. The executive authorities have taken the judicial system
hostage. Courts are no longer listening to the decisions of the
Constitutional Court. However, the real murderers of Hrant Dink will
definitely be discovered and punished one day”.

Asked what he would have said to Hrant Dink, if he had the chance to
see him today, the scholar said: “Don’t go out to the streets in the
present days. They’ve gone mad, they can kill you”.

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 10:04 AM

News.am, Armenia
March 15 2018
Istanbul street to be renamed after slain Armenian journalist Hrant Dink
16:04, 15.03.2018

Şişli District Council of Istanbul, Turkey, has decided to rename a street in the district after slain Istanbul Armenian journalist Hrant Dink.

According to the respective decision, Samanyolu Street will renamed to Hrant Dink Street, reported BirGün newspaper of Turkey.

Şişli District Council has forwarded this decision to Istanbul Municipal Council, after whose approval the decision will come into force.

Hrant Dink, the founder and chief editor of Agos Armenian weekly of Istanbul, was gunned down on January 19, 2007, outside the then office of this newspaper.

In 2011, the perpetrator, Ogün Samast, was sentenced by a juvenile court to 22 years and ten months for the murder.

After long court proceedings and appeals, however, a new probe was ultimately launched into this murder case, and regarding numerous former and serving senior Turkish officials’ complicity in this assassination.



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