Hrant Dink Foundation has been conducting the project titled “Media Watch on Hate Speech” since 2009. The report for October, November and December 2023 has been published.
Hrant Dink, the founder and the editor-in-chief of our newspaper, was commemorated on the spot where he was assassinated 17 years ago. The commemoration held in front of the Sebat Building, which used to house the office of Agos, was attended by a big crowd. This year's memorial speech was delivered by author and journalist Oya Baydar, a friend of Hrant Dink. A message sent by Çiğdem Mater, a member of the 'Friends of Hrant' initiative, imprisoned under the Gezi Trials since April 2022, was read by Hanım Tosun, a member of Saturday Mothers/People.
Rakel Dink, who made the opening speech of the "Minority Rights in the Centennial of the Republic" conference organized by the Hrant Dink Foundation, touched upon the release of Ogün Samast, the perpetrator of the Hrant Dink murder, 16 years and 10 months after the assassination. Rakel Dink said, "Our quest of justice in Hrant’s case has never been that this or that person is given three or five years more or less. Since day one, we said this darkness should be questioned. We said delivering justice in this case is essential to the democratization of this country. In the wake of what happened, how can we possibly wish that this decision brings all the best to our country?"
On September 19, Azerbaijan launched a military operation against Nagorno-Karabakh. A ceasefire was reached on September 20 as the Nagorno-Karabakh (Republic of Artsakh) administration accepted the conditions. Right after the ceasefire, Karabakh Armenians took refuge in Armenia. After the war that followed the 9-month blockade imposed by Azerbaijan on Nagorno-Karabakh, 100 thousand ethnic Armenians had to leave their homes and took refuge in Armenia along with only a few belongings. Some of the displaced Karabakh (Artsakh) Armenians had a place to go in Armenia. However, a significant portion of them found themselves homeless and without a future. Pakrat Estukyan and Berge Arabian from Agos, travelled throughout Armenia in a one-week journalistic trip, meeting with displaced persons and non-governmental organisations. Agos will publish Estukyan's impressions and Arabian's photos as a series of articles. This week's coverage features interviews and impressions from the first day of the trip to Armenia.
The blockade implemented by Azerbaijan on the Lachin corridor has passed eight months and has led to a humanitarian crisis. A group of Turkish writers, politicians and rights defenders called on the international community to take action:
They do not want anyone to shine out, but at the same time they are incapable of doing what should be done. It cannot be said that this situation is independent from the regime that has been created in Turkey and its mentality of governance. State is always authoritarian in Turkey, but Erdogan regime has turned this to totalitarianism.
Thousands of people gathered at the sight where he was killed. This year's memorial speech was delivered by Turkish film director Emin Alper.
Russia has been concerned with the US and EU mediation in the peace process between Azerbaijan and Armenia, and the deployment of civilian mission from the Western countries along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border is seen as an attempt to extend the Western influence on the region where the Russian influence might gradually fade away as the result of Russia's war against Ukraine.
The new regulation, which will allow for the Board of Directors of Minority Foundations to be elected by voters, is expected to be published soon. However, according to rumours, the elections of hospital foundations will either be postponed or excluded from the scope of the elections. More than 250 people from the Armenian community signed the text on the Facebook page of the Düşünce (Thought) Platform and said, "Failure to hold elections for any of our foundations, especially foundations that serve as cornerstones of our hospitals, is a violation of people’s right to elect and be elected, as well as the disregarding of the Armenian community."