ISTANBUL — Commemorations for marking the 14th anniversary of the assassination of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink will take place virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dink served as editor-in-chief of Istanbul’s Armenian-language newspaper Agos before being gunned down outside its offices on January 19, 2007.
More than 100,000 people joined the funeral for the journalist and Human Rights advocate, who sought to mend relations between Turkey and the Armenian community.
Traditionally, friends and supporters gather outside the Agos offices to mark the anniversary of the killing. This year, however, the memorial will take place online, with speeches and features on Dink’s life broadcast throughout the day.
Ogün Samast, a Turkish ultra-nationalist, was convicted of Dink’s murder in 2011, but questions remain over the alleged involvement of state security forces.
For the occasion, his widow, Rakel, released a statement, as did Basak Demirtas, the wife of jailed co-leader of the People’s Democratic Party, Selahattin Demirtas.