Murdered journalist’s family want proof of government’s intention to punish all those responsible

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first_img March 19, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Murdered journalist’s family want proof of government’s intention to punish all those responsible Reporters Without Borders today backed lawyers for the family of Hrant Dink, the murdered Turkish-Armenian editor of the weekly newspaper Agos, in a call to the Istanbul chief prosecutor to punish all those who failed to act on information that could have prevented Dink’s murder in Istanbul on 19 January.Lawyer Fethiye Cetin said in the 15 March request that at least 17 messages warning of a plot to kill the journalist had been sent to Istanbul police by police in Trabzon, where many of the suspects live. The lawyers also demanded that all legal procedures in the case be transferred to an Istanbul court. Reporters Without Borders said it expected “action against police who displayed disgraceful negligence in the murder of Dink and some of whom showed sympathy for the suspected killer. However, the authorities have hardly been convincing in their condemnation of the murder.” Cetin and his colleague Bahri Bayram Belen told the media that the murder could not have been an isolated act only involving people in the Pelitli neighbourhood of Trabzon. The numerous attacks by ultra-nationalist groups since a bomb blast at a McDonald’s restaurant in Trabzon in 2004 have continued since Dink’s death, they said, suggesting that a “terrorist group threatening the democratic rule of law” was responsible.Cetin demanded to know what had become of official legal action begun against police in Samsun, the town where the suspected killer, Ogün Samast, was arrested and where police officers had taken “souvenir” photos of themselves with Samast. Reporters Without Borders said the government had shown “little evidence of its intention to put an end to ultra-nationalist violence” and “repeated threats to journalists and intellectuals discussing the 1915 massacres of Armenians and the Kurdish question.” TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Organisation RSF_en Follow the news on Turkey News News April 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 2, 2021 Find out more The family of newspaper editor Hrant Dink are calling for action over police incompetence in the enquiry into his 19 January murder in Istanbul, despite the speedy arrest of the suspected gunman. Help by sharing this information News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law TurkeyEurope – Central Asia News April 2, 2021 Find out more Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editorlast_img

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