Turkish court convicts son of murdered journalist for 'insulting Turkishness'

[JURIST] A court in Turkey [JURIST news archive] Thursday convicted Arat Dink, editor of the Armenian newspaper Agos [media website, in Turkish] and son of the late Armenian journalist Hrant Dink [BBC profile], of violating Article 301 [Amnesty backgrounder; JURIST news archive] of the Turkish penal code [text, in Turkish], which bans insults against Turkish identity. Arat Dink's conviction stems from his decision to re-publish remarks written by his father before he was murdered [JURIST report] in Istanbul in January. Hrant Dink was tried and then put up for retrial [JURIST reports] for allegedly "insulting Turkishness" by writing about the killings of an estimated million Ottoman Armenians [ANI backgrounder] in the early 20th century.

The Turkish court handed down one-year suspended sentences for both Arat Dink and Agos publisher Serkis Seropyan. A lawyer for the journalists said they plan to appeal. AP has more.



 

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