Who is Ayhan Hikmet?
On the same day, his friend and colleague Ahmet Muzaffer Gürkan, who founded Cumhuriyet and was its first editor, was also murdered. He was found dead in his car on the outskirts of Nicosia the following morning.
Both men had been instrumental in founding the Cyprus Turkish People’s Party in October 1961, which in its first manifesto had been critical of the Turkish Cypriot leaders, eschewed secessionism, and called on Turkish Cypriots to support a united Cyprus. Following their murders Cumhuriyet ceased to be published.
President Makarios described the murders as an “odious crime” against individuals who had “ranged themselves on the side of cooperation and the harmonious coexistence of Greeks and Turks and persistently condemned the policy of the extremist elements in their community." He added: “No matter what political differences there may be among the members of the Turkish community, on no account are murder and violence permissible against their opponents, especially when those opponents practise the high calling of journalism.”
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on July 23, 2013
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