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    ARMENIAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE OF CANADA
    COMITÉ NATIONAL ARMÉNIEN DU CANADA
    3401 Olivar-Asselin
    Montréal, Québec
    H4J 1L5
    Tél. (514) 334-1299 Fax (514) 334-6853
    Communiqué de Presse - Press Release
    July 21 juillet, 2005


    Contacts: Shant Karabajak 514-334-1299
    Roupen Kouyoumdjian 514-336-7095
    For immediate release:
    Pour diffusion immédiate:

    Journalist faces three years in Turkish jail

    Montreal - State prosecutor has called for a three year prison sentence
    for Hrant Dink, the Turkish-Armenian journalist, under article 301
    of the penal code, which came into force on 1st of june.

    The world press freedom organization said it was concerned about
    fuzzy language in the new criminal code that could easily be used
    against journalists discussing sensitive topics, such as the Armenian
    Genocide or withdrawal of Turkish troops from Cyprus.

    Reporters Without Borders criticized the current trial for "insulting
    Turkish identity" in discussing the 1915 genocide against Armenians.

    "This trial based on a total misunderstanding," Dink told Reporters
    Without Borders. "I never meant to insult Turkish citizen."

    "The Turkish authorities continue their policy of denial of the
    Armenian Genocide by adopting new laws to prosecute and punish any
    expression of recognition of the historical fact" stated Dr. Girair
    Basmadjian of the Armenian National Committee of Canada.

    "This despite the fact that Turkey pretends to be ready for open
    discussions."
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    Turkey sentences Armenian writer

    BBC NEWS
    7 October 2005
    Turkey sentences Armenian writer

    Journalists have raised concerns about aspects of the penal reforms
    A journalist in Turkey has been found guilty of insulting Turkish identity
    and given a suspended six-month jail sentence by a court in Istanbul.
    Hrant Dink, of Armenian-Turkish descent, wrote a newspaper column which he
    argued was aimed at improving relations between Turkey and Armenia.
    The prosecution interpreted one part as an insult, but Mr Dink has said he
    will appeal against the ruling.
    The verdict follows criminal code reforms as Turkey seeks to join the EU.
    The reforms were intended to improve freedom of speech in Turkey.
    The article written by Mr Dink addressed the killings of hundreds of
    thousands of Armenians during Ottoman rule in 1917.
    Armenians, supported by several countries, want Turkey to recognise the
    events as a genocide. Turkey rejects that description, saying the deaths
    occurred in a civil war in which many Turks were also killed.
    Humiliation
    A paragraph in the article calling on Armenians to symbolically reject "the
    adulterated part of their Turkish blood" was taken as offensive.
    " If I'm guilty of insulting a nation then it's a matter of honour not to
    live here" Hrant Dink.
    The judge ruled that Mr Dink's newspaper column implied that Turkish blood
    was dirty.
    He is the editor of a bilingual Armenian-Turkish newspaper, Agos.
    The BBC's Sarah Rainsford said the judge ordered a suspended sentence as it
    was Mr Dink's first offence.
    But the nationalist lawyers who brought the case were disappointed.
    "There was an obvious humiliation and result of this case should be at least
    two and a half years or three years criminal charge," one said.
    "But I think that Turkish courts are under big pressure due to these
    European Union accession talks."
    'No crime'
    Mr Dink's lawyer Fethiye Cetin said the ruling showed how little had changed
    under Turkey's new criminal code, despite international and internal
    pressure.
    "There was no crime here," she told the BBC. "We expected our client to get
    off."
    Our correspondent says human rights lawyers believe his case shows there are
    still no-go areas for discussion here and the new laws leave substantial
    room for interpretation.
    Mr Dink says he will appeal against the ruling. But if he cannot clear his
    name, he will leave the country.
    "If I'm guilty of insulting a nation," he told the BBC, "then it's a matter
    of honour not to live here."
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      Turkey sentences Armenian writer Hrant Dink

      Turkey sentences Armenian writer Hrant Dink

      The verdict is in and Hrant Dink, one of the few remaining and visible Armenians in Turkey, the publisher of bilingual Armenian-Turkish news daily AGOS, has been found guilty by a Turkish court for insulting the "Turkish identity," whatever that means. BBC reports on the verdict and let's wait and see what is EU going to do about it. But I am afraid that the gutless EU is going to do nothing that will go beyond a smokescreen of verbiage. Is this the Turkey that EU swung its doors open to? Imagine someone being sued and found guilty for insulting say the Irish identity or the Luxemburgan identity. If you can't imagine, well you are not alone.


      A journalist in Turkey has been found guilty of insulting Turkish identity and given a suspended six-month jail sentence by a court in Istanbul.
      Hrant Dink, of Armenian-Turkish descent, wrote a newspaper column which he argued was aimed at improving relations between Turkey and Armenia.
      The prosecution interpreted one part as an insult, but Mr Dink has said he will appeal against the ruling.
      The verdict follows criminal code reforms as Turkey seeks to join the EU.
      The reforms were intended to improve freedom of speech in Turkey.
      The article written by Mr Dink addressed the killings of hundreds of thousands of Armenians during Ottoman rule in 1917.
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      "All truth passes through three stages:
      First, it is ridiculed;
      Second, it is violently opposed; and
      Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

      Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

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