Ipekci, Abdi

Born in Istanbul in 1929, Turkish journalist and activist Abdi Ipecki made monumental changes throughout his lifetime. He worked as a sports reporter for the daily newspaper Yeni Sebah, and eventually moved to the news team of Yeni Istanbul. He became the publishing manager of the newspaper Milliyet and the editor in chief in 1959 at only 30 years old. In 1961, he relocated to Istanbul Ekspres and quickly became their editor in chief. Abdi was an active member of the International Press Institute, or IPI, and became a vice chairman in 1971. He was murdered in his car by two members of the Turkish political group Grey Wolves in 1979. In 2000, IPI honored Abdi as a World Press Freedom Hero and a memorial was built near the place he was murdered.

Abdi is probably most known for his role in creating relationships between Turkish and Greek journalists during a time where the two countries harbored a lot of hostility. Due to this, shortly after he was murdered, the Abdi Ipekci Peace and Friendship Awards takes place annually helping to promote individuals who encourage harmony and rapport between the two countries.

"Durum" is one of Abdi's most known columns to this day. He spoke regarding national unity, reconciliation, and against violence and terrorism. He was also very for democracy while living in a country that was never for it. This column significantly influenced not only public outlook, but the government as well.

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