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Photo Credit: Courtesy Murad Sezer/The Associated Press


News Organization: AGOS

Died: 2007

Location: TURKEY

The controversial editor of the bilingual Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos was fatally shot outside his newspaper office in Istanbul. He had been tried and convicted in October 2005 for writing about the 191517 massacre of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire, which Armenians consider the first genocide of the century. Turkey denies there was a genocide. The life of the editor, 52, a Turk of Armenian descent, had been threatened by nationalist Turks who considered his writings traitorous. A suspect in the killing, a 17-year-old boy turned in by his father, was arrested in the city of Samsun the next day and confessed to the killing. On July 25, 2011, Ogun Samast, now 21, was sentenced to 22 years and 10 months for the murder.