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About Hrant Dink Hrant Dink (Armenian: Հրանդ Տինք, pronounced həˈɾɑnt dinkʰ) (September 15, 1954 – January 19, 2007) was a Turkish-Armenian editor, journalist and columnist. As editor-in-chief of the bilingual Turkish-Armenian newspaper Agos (Ակօս), Dink was a prominent member of the Armenian minority in Turkey. Dink was best known for advocating Turkish-Armenian reconciliation and human and minority rights in Turkey; he was often critical of both Turkey's denial of the Armenian Genocide, and of the Armenian diaspora's campaign for its international recognition. Dink was prosecuted three times for denigrating Turkishness, while receiving numerous death threats from Turkish nationalists. Hrant Dink was assassinated in Istanbul in January 2007, by Ogün Samast, a 17-year old Turkish nationalist. This was shortly after the premiere of the genocide documentary "Screamers" in which he is interviewed about Turkish denial of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and the case against him under article 301. While Samast has since been taken into custody, photographs of the assassin flanked by smiling Turkish police and gendarmerie, posing with the killer side by side in front of the Turkish flag, have since surfaced. The photos created a scandal in Turkey, prompting a spate of investigations and the removal from office of those involved. At his funeral, two hundred thousand mourners marched in protest of the assassination, chanting "We are all Armenians" and "We are all Hrant Dink". Criticism of Article 301 became increasingly vocal after his death, leading to parliamentary proposals for repeal.

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4. Mehmet Akif Ersoy 23679
5. Mustafa Balbay 22099
6. Ziya Gökalp 18584
7. M. Celaleddin Rumi 18408
8. Hrant Dink 17715
9. Ömer Seyfettin 13884
10. Ehmedi Xani 13479
11. Orhan Pamuk 11149
12. Atilla İlhan 8205

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19. Veer Savarkar 18753
20. Ziya Gökalp 18584
21. M. Celaleddin Rumi 18408
22. Monteiro Lobato 17727
23. Hrant Dink 17715
24. Aeschylus 17226
25. Guimarães Rosa 17001
26. Dostoyevsky 16901
27. Henrick Ibsen 16712

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