Turkey probes journalist's murder amid huge public outcry
. Where is the huge public outcry every time a journalist is tried for "insulting Turkishness"? Greece said the murder of Hrant Dink was aimed at undermining Turkey's efforts to join the EU. This has nothing to do with the EU, the murder came out of a culture of nationalism in a country that demands silence about its past and I don't understand why Greece is ignoring the fact that Christians in Turkey are being terrorized on a regular basis
Dink was one of the taboo-breaking critics of the official line on the mass massacres of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire, which he labeled as genocide, and was last year given a suspended six-month jail sentence for insulting "Turkishness."
Nationalists had branded him a "traitor" and Dink wrote in his last article that he worried about his safety.
"The murderer is the traitor," declared the mass-circulation Hurriyet on its front page Saturday, while the popular Sabah headlined: "The greatest treason."
Despite the controversies, the soft-spoken and often emotional Dink had won many hearts here as a sincere activist for Turkish-Armenian reconciliation, who denounced also Armenian radicalism and most recently a French bill in October to jail those who deny that the 1915-17 killings of Armenians constituted genocide.
Istanbul Governor Muammer Guler rejected charges of negligence, saying that Dink had not asked for special protection.
The press condemned the murder as a "national disgrace" and called for the journalist's funeral, scheduled for Tuesday, to become a mass event in the name of democracy and peace in Turkey.