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4th yearly report on Hrant Dink murder

published by the lawyer of the journalist's family

4 years ago journalist Hrant Dink was shot dead in front of the magazine "Agos" for witnessing truth about the Armenian genocide and advocating reconciliation between Armenians and Turks.

Every year since then his family has struggled for justice, as the killers were arrested, but the masterminds are still unknown. In his latest analysis, Attorney Fetyheh Cetin points to "the existence of a powerful apparatus and a mentality that only legitimizes the murder but makes impunity something ordinary".

The anniversary of the journalist's death was also marked by the awarding of the Hrant Dink Prize to Marco Impagliazzo, a Professor of Contemporary History at the University for Foreigners of Perugia who has devoted part of his research work to the history of the Metz Yeghern.

Fourth-year Hrant Dink's murder report

Killing Hrant Dink twice, by Zafer Yörük, Rudaw, 23 January 2011


24 January 2011

Freedom of expression

against blinkered thinking

Freedom of thought is usually the first of the fundamental rights of the human being to be targeted by authoritarian regimes, and this applies increasingly the closer it gets to the prototype of totalitarian society. Censorship muzzles the press and journalists are prevented from doing their job, 'till the point in which they are reduced to a mere mouthpiece of the state propaganda. Also the other free expressions of thought are under attack, no one is spared: intellectuals, writers, film directors... even figurative arts are under strict control. Repression heavily curbs all forms of individual sovereignty, such as above all opinions, personal ideas, which represent the worst threat for those who want to impose the "blinkered thought".
In fascist Italy, Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, in maoist China and in the dictatorships of Latin America like in modern theocracies and new autocratic regimes, troublesome books were banned and even burnt on the squares, and the historian, scientists, scholars, artists who refused to line up were exiled or jailed.
Totalitarianism entered homes and imposed its grip within the family, which was dominated by the fear of being betrayed even by one's dearest ones. A mechanism of self-censorship thus started: in order to survive people preferred giving up not only expressing their views.. but even to conceive them. There was nothing left but settle for the doctrine expressed by the leaders on power.
Those who try to resist, to keep their own individual character and personal freedom, lose everything, but their independence, combined with the resistance of many other in the same conditions, undermines the very foundations of dictatorial regimes, until their collapse.

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