Hrant Dink, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Hrant Dink

Turkish newspaper editor, journalist and columnist

Date of Birth: 15-Sep-1954

Place of Birth: Malatya, Turkey

Date of Death: 19-Jan-2007

Profession: writer, contributing editor, association football player, columnist, human rights activist, journalist, opinion journalist

Nationality: Turkey

Zodiac Sign: Virgo

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About Hrant Dink

  • Hrant Dink (Armenian: ????? ????; Western Armenian pronunciation: ['h?ant? 'di?k?]; 15 September 1954 – 19 January 2007) was a Turkish-Armenian intellectual, editor-in-chief of Agos, journalist and columnist.As editor-in-chief of the bilingual Turkish-Armenian newspaper Agos, Dink was a prominent member of the Armenian minority in Turkey.
  • Dink was best known for advocating Turkish–Armenian reconciliation and human and minority rights in Turkey; he was often critical of both Turkey's denial of the Armenian Genocide, and of the Armenian diaspora's campaign for its international recognition.
  • Dink was prosecuted three times for denigrating Turkishness, while receiving numerous death threats from Turkish nationalists.Dink was assassinated in Istanbul on January 19, 2007 by Ogün Samast, a 17-year-old Turkish nationalist.
  • Dink was shot three times in the head and died instantly.
  • Photographs of the assassin flanked by smiling Turkish police and gendarmerie, posing with the killer side by side in front of the Turkish flag, surfaced.
  • The photos sparked a scandal in Turkey, prompting a spate of investigations and the removal from office of those involved.
  • Samast was later sentenced to 22 years in prison by a Turkish court; he remains incarcerated. At Dink's funeral, over one hundred thousand mourners marched in protest of the assassination, chanting, "We are all Armenians" and "We are all Hrant Dink".
  • Criticism of Article 301 became increasingly vocal after his death, leading to parliamentary proposals for repeal.
  • The 2007–2008 academic year at the College of Europe was named in his honour.

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