Banned books and other forms of censorship

On the banning of books, censorship and other freedom of access issues

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Turkish Armenian writer killed in Instanbul

Turkish Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was shot and killed Friday in Istanbul. Dink, age 53, was editor of the a pro-democracy journal, Agos. He had been convicted of violating the infamous Article 301 of Turkey's criminal code, which prohibits insulting Turkish identity, for his writings on Turkey's killing of approximately one million Armenians in the early 20th century. He had been sentenced to six months in prison but the sentence was overturned. He was awaiting retrial at the time of his death. For a detailed account of his life see the Guardian (UK); see also David Durant's Heretical Librarian.


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