Turkish journalist who recognized Armenian Genocide injured in ‘organised assault’
Turkish journalist who recognized Armenian Genocide injured in ‘organised assault’ –
Hürriyet columnist Ahmet Hakan, who has been targeted with politically-motivated threats, was assaulted by four men in front of his home on Thursday morning in what Hürriyet Editor-in-Chief Sedat Ergin called “a planned attack”. Four men driving a black Honda arrived at Hakan’s home at 12:35 a.m. on Oct. 1, where they attacked the columnist as he was returning from hosting his programme on private broadcaster CNNTurk. Police detained three suspects after the assault. Another suspect was detained early Oct. 1.
In 2012, in response to racist online comments against Armenians, well-known Turkish journalist and host of CNN Turk television’s “Neutral Zone” program, Ahmet Hakan, said “I am Armenian, do you have anything to say?” on live broadcast. The Turkish journalist noted he is shocked that people are still making online criticisms that Turkish youth are being tried for the murder of Hrant Dink, the founder and former chief editor of Istanbul’s Agos Armenian weekly, who was killed in 2007. “In those discussions I said the ‘We are all Armenians’ slogan, and I was astonished by the gross reactions. I saw that people still consider that being Armenian is a profanity and an insult. I told them I will say I am Armenian on live air. They asked me whether I could say I am a Turk in [Armenia’s capital] Yerevan. If I cannot say I am a Turk in Yerevan, this would be Yerevan’s shame, but if I [can] say I am Armenian in Istanbul, this would be Istanbul’s honor,” Ahmet Hakan stated.
in 2015 Ahmet Hakan wrote an article titled “Seven theses on Armenian Question” dwelling upon the main theory of Turkish denialism, refuting them thoroughly and proving the Armenian Genocide undeniable.