Musician Sina Koloğlu announced that a film on the life of Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, assassinated in 2007 as editor-in-chief of the left-wing newspaper Agos, will begin production in 2024.
Koloğlu announced via Twitter that the script was written by cinematic director and poet Barış Pirhasan Pirhasan, the film is expected to be directed by Zeynep Günay and produced by Turkish media company ’03’.
As Dink left the Agos offices in central Istanbul on 19 January 2007, he was shot by a 17-year-old Turkish nationalist, Ogün Samast. At the time, Dink was facing trial for penning an article in which he allegedly “insulted Turkishness”.
The young nationalist was eventually sentenced to 23 years in prison for Dink’s murder but the identity of those behind the assassination remains undisclosed. The assassin’s ties with the “deep state” in Turkey have been partially revealed but never fully explored.