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Hrant Dink
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    (September 15, 1954-January 19, 2007)
    Born in Malayta, Turkey
    Founder and editor of the bilingual Turkish-Armenian newspaper Argos
    Murdered in front of the offices of his paper
    Of Armenian descent
    He was expelled from high school for leftist political activities.
    He was convicted of insulting Turkey in an article about the Armenian genocide (2005).
    In urging Armenians to be willing to compromise with the Turkish government, he noted, 'After all, Turkey is very reluctant to concede rights to its majority as well.'
    He met his future wife when they were both children in an Armenian orphanage in Istanbul.
    Ironically the article that led to his conviction for insulting Turkey had urged Armenians to rid themselves of any hatred for Turks.
    While appealing his conviction, he said, ‘I will go on telling the truth, just as I always have.’
    Despite threats, he refused to leave Turkey, saying, ‘If I go I would feel I was leaving alone the people struggling for democracy…. It would be a betrayal of them.’
    The government failed to provide security for him even though police protection for prominent journalists is a standard practice in Istanbul.
    His killer shouted, ‘I shot the infidel,’ suggesting that the murder was the work of Islamic extremists.

Credit: C. Fishel

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