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Hrant Dink's assassination

State and media responsibilities in Gokta's book

Update 27th July 2009

Judicial reporter Kemal Goktas published in Turkish "Hrant Dink Cinayeti: Medya, Yargi, Devlet". The book analyzes the responsibilities of State and media for the assassination of Hrant Dink, a Turkish journalist and intellectual of Armenian descent.







19th January 2007
In Turkey assassinated
journalist Hrant Dink
the Armenian Director of the bilingual newspaper Agos was brutally murdered by Turkish nationalists for having accused the Turks of perpetrating the Armenian Genocide in Turkey

Since 1996, as director of Agos, Bilingual Newspaper in Istanbul, Hrant Dink tried to further a dialogue between Armenians an Turkish people. October 2004 he was processed and condemned for six months, but he never abandoned Istanbul: “If I leave Istanbul, I leave alone a lot of people fighting for the democracy. I never will do”.
First Minister Erdogan condemn the assassination: “an attack against all of us, against our brotherhood, against our peace, against our freedom and against our democracy”.
Two thousand people in Istanbul were protesting against Hrant Dink’s assassination: “We are all Armenians, we are all Hrant Dink”. “You are our brother” they wrote in Armenian, English and Turkish languages.

27 July 2009

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In the torn social fabric of a country where a genocide case or other crimes against the humankind have occurred, it is very difficult, even after many years, to resume a kind of dialogue to re-establish relationships and rebuild civil coexistence between the victims - including survivors or their relatives, refugees and their heirs - and the persecutors, accomplices or passive bystanders. To this we should add the role of the State, its officials and government members, who often try to deny what occurred and refuse taking up the - however apparent - responsibilities of the massacres. Only the reaction and heeding ability of those who have not bowed their heads to the uniformation of behaviour within the group of the persecutors and have refused to conform to a conduct which conscience cannot approve, can allow people to resume a kind of communication which is able to combine the need for truth and the assumption of responsibility with an opening to future hope and a shared project-making. The Righteous are the only ones who have what it takes to do that.

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