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Editor’s Murder Verdict Sparks Public Outrage in Turkey

Editor's Murder Verdict Sparks Public Outrage in Turkey

10,000 Turks march in protest of the verdict in the Hrant Dink murder trial (National Turk)


The verdict in a five year-old murder in Turkey is causing a serious public outcry. 18 people were accused in a lengthy trial over the killing of newspaper editor Hrant Dink, and only 2 were sentenced to punishment of any kind. According to Turkish media, the decision is considered bogus by the public because of suspicions over the involvement of Turkish security forces.

Following the verdict, a crowd of about 25,000 marched in protest, according to local media reports. The march was coordinated by Friends of Hrant Dink.

Dink was a Turkish-American newspaper editor who was assassinated in Istanbul in 2007.  January 19 marks the five-year anniversary of his murder.




Genevieve Belmaker

Genevieve Belmaker is a freelance journalist and contributing editor with The Epoch Times ( She also contributes to Quill, the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists and Her blog on journalism is

Genevieve has traveled throughout the U.S., Asia, Central America, Israel and the West Bank for reporting assignments, including major investigative reports on the recovery of New Orleans, the encroaching presence of China in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, the dangerous import of melamine-contaminated milk into the U.S. and settlement outposts in the West Bank. She regularly reports on issues related to journalism, and the work of journalists.

She holds a BA from the University of Southern California in International Relations, and has been a member of several prominent national and international professional media organizations, including the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the International Women’s Media Foundation, the New York Press Club, and the Newswomen’s Club of New York. She lives in Jerusalem, Israel with her husband and son.

Areas of Focus:
New Media; Journalism; Culture and Society