Video Praising the Murder of Hrant Dink Creates Controversy in Turkey

YEREVAN–A video prepared for a song, the lyrics of which praised the alleged killer of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink and one of the inciters behind the assassination, was posted on the hugely popular video-sharing web site Youtube, creating controversy in Turkey, as many branded it as ultra-nationalist hate propaganda, The Turkish Daily News reported.
Among other things, the video shows the photograph of murderer Ogun and inciter Yasin, while the lyrics contain a direct threat to those who "support Armenia’s," saying "they will be taken care of." The photograph of Dink covered with newspapers and lying on the ground right after he was gunned down is displayed as these words are heard.
The video not only praises those involved in Dink’s assassination but also shows photographs of author Orhan Pamuk, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, musician, author and columnist Zulfu Livaneli, folk music singer Selda Bagcan, and former president Ahmet Necdet Sezer, labeling all as "betrayers."
The lyrics of the song, “Do Not Make Plans” were written by an ultra nationalist poet, Ozan Arif and sung by Ismail Turut, a well-known singer. There are nearly 10 different versions of the video being broadcast on Youtube but the version that created reactions around Turkey was removed yesterday.
Claiming that the lyrics written by Arif were manipulated in the video, Turut, talking to the daily Milliyet, said: "A journalist called me and asked about the video. I do not even know what Youtube is. Later, we looked at the site with my wife. I was shocked when I watched it. I did not like what I saw." He stated that he does not know the producers of the video, so he is unable to file a complaint. "The government would know the technical details of the issue. Let it search for those who are responsible for this and punish them," he concluded.
Meanwhile, Arif told daily Sabah that he wrote the lyrics because Turut asked him to. He also claimed he did not know about the video. "I stick to each word and each line of this song," he said.
On Friday, the video came to the attention of human rights advocates as well. The real problem was "how prosecutors, who launch many cases under the infamous article 301 of Turkish penal code, did not do anything about the song or the video," said Levent Yensever, a member of the "Say No to Racism and Nationalism Platform."
Dink’s lawyers are preparing to file a complaint about the song and the video. One of Dink’s lawyers asked the prosecutors "what they were waiting for" and said the video incites people to commit hate crimes by abusing race and religion and by praising a murderer.
This Thursday, the Human Rights Association and many other organizations will meet in front of the Sultanahmet Court to file a joint complaint against Turut and Arif.


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