Abdi İpekçi Peace Monument

The Abdi İpekçi Peace Monument is a monument sculpted by Gürdal Duyar, commissioned by the Şişli Municipality in 2000 in honor of the editor-in-chief of the Milliyet newspaper Abdi İpekçi and erected at the place where he was assassinated in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1979.[1][2]

Abdi İpekçi Peace Monument
Abdi İpekçi Barış Anıtı
The monument in 2017.
41°02′58″N 28°59′30″E / 41.04944°N 28.99167°E / 41.04944; 28.99167
LocationAbdi İpekçi Street
DesignerGürdal Duyar
Height3.5 metres (11 ft)
Completion date1999
Opening date1 February 2000; 24 years ago (2000-02-01)
Dedicated toAbdi İpekçi
Inventory CodeTR.ANT.

The monument, which was erected on 2000, follows the renaming of Emlak Street to Abdi İpekçi Street in 1979, the Abdi İpekçi Peace and Friendship Prize in 1980, and the Abdi İpekçi Arena in commemorating İpekçi.[3]

Description edit

The sculpture is located close to the middle of the Abdi İpekçi Street.[4] The sculpture was made by the sculptor Gürdal Duyar.[5] The bronze sculpture is 3.5 metres (11 ft) tall and stands on top of a 70 centimetres (28 in) granite plinth. The composition of the sculpture consists of two children, a boy and a girl, holding up a bust of İpekçi. Behind the boy and girl are two columns supporting an arch, on top of which there is a dove that represents peace.[6][7][8][9]

The monument is located near the location of Abdi İpekçi's former house at the place where he was shot and killed by an assassin in 1979.[1][10]

Erection edit

The inauguration ceremony of the monument in 2000.[11]

The project was done by architect Erhan İşözen upon the request of the Şişli municipality. The sculptor Gürdal Duyar[5] brought the project to life.[12] The monument was inaugurated on the 21st anniversary of Abdi İpekçi's assassination, following a ceremony at İpekçi's grave at the Zincirlikuyu Cemetery. The inauguration was attended by İpekçi's family, close friends, and colleagues such as the editor-in-chief at the time of the Milliyet newspaper Yalçın Doğan and President of the Turkish Journalists Association Nail Güreli. Doğan and Güreli made speeches during the inauguration ceremony. During the ceremony Güreli said that the system didn't let much light be shed onto the assassination and that the assassins were being protected, stating: "The negligence of the rulers of the country led to the murder of İpekçi and many journalists by dark forces.[13] This ignorance must end now. Unfortunately, such an effort is not evident." Andreas Politakis, founder of the Abdi İpekçi Peace and Friendship Prize, sent a wreath to the ceremony which was on 1 February 2000. On the wreath it was written that "Abdi İpekçi's vision for Turkish-Greek rapprochement comes true 21 years later." The ceremony, which was attended by the Mayor of Şişli Municipality Mustafa Sarıgül, had a large crowd.[14][11]

Later events edit

A ceremony on the anniversary of the erection of the monument and Abdi İpekçis death in 2022.

In 2006, journalists who opposed the release of İpekçi's murderer Mehmet Ali Ağca participated in the Abbas Güçlü ile Genç Bakış program which was held in front of Abdi İpekçi's monument. The program Abbas Güçlü ile Genç Bakış was broadcast from the street for the first time. Before the program in which many journalists reacted to this decision, guests left red carnations at İpekçi's monument and commemorated İpekçi.[15]

On 3 May 2018, World Press Freedom Day, the Press Council members flew pigeons in front of the Abdi İpekçi Monument.[16]

İpekçi is remembered in ceremonies in front of the monument such as at the 43rd,[17][18] and the 44th anniversary of his assassination.[19]

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Citations edit

  1. ^ a b "Vurulduğu yere İpekçi anıtı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 25 May 2019. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  2. ^ Duydu 2021, pp. 111, 131.
  3. ^ "Abdi İpekçi vefatının 40. yılında anılıyor: Abdi İpekçi'nin hayatına ilişkin bilgiler". Hürriyet. 1 February 2019. Retrieved 27 October 2022.
  4. ^ Özkan 2020, p. 83.
  5. ^ a b Kuzucular, Şahamettin (20 January 2016). "Gürdal Duyar Hayatı Sanatı". edebiyatvesanatakademisi.com. Edebiyat ve Sanat Akademisi. Retrieved 29 October 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  6. ^ "İpekçi anıtı barışı simgeleyecek". Milliyet (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 27 December 2020. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  7. ^ ibrahimtunca. "Abdi İpekçi Barış Anıtı – Şişli Gezi Rehberi". Şişli Gezi Rehberi (in Turkish). Şişli Municipality. Retrieved 27 October 2022.
  8. ^ Duydu 2021, p. 132.
  9. ^ Demir, Osman (1 February 2020). "Abdi İpekçi kimdir? Abdi İpekçi hayatı ve biyografisi!". Retrieved 27 October 2022.
  10. ^ Duydu 2021, p. 131.
  11. ^ a b Milliyet 2000, p. 7.
  12. ^ Gazetesi, Evrensel. "Gürdal Duyar için..." Evrensel.net (in Turkish). Retrieved 27 October 2022.
  13. ^ "Abdi İpekçi Barış Anıtı". arsiv.sabah.com.tr. Sabah Online. 2 February 2000. Retrieved 27 October 2022.
  14. ^ "'Barışın anıtı' oldu". Milliyet (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 27 December 2020. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  15. ^ "Hukuk soykırımı". Milliyet (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 27 December 2020. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  16. ^ "Abdi İpekçi Anıtı Önünde Beyaz Güvercinler Uçurdular". Son Dakika (in Turkish). 3 May 2018. Retrieved 27 October 2022.
  17. ^ "Abdi İpekçi kimdir? Abdi İpekçi kaç yaşında, ne zaman, nasıl öldü? Abdi İpekçi ölümünün 43. yıl dönümünde anılıyor". tv100. 1 February 2022. Retrieved 27 October 2022.
  18. ^ "Abdi İpekçi: Gazeteciler seni unutmuyor". journo.com.tr. 1 February 2022. Retrieved 27 October 2022.
  19. ^ "Abdi İpekçi ölümünün 44.yılında anıldı. Duayen gazeteci sokak ortasında katledilmişti". Yeni Çağ Newspaper (in Turkish). 1 February 2023. Retrieved 28 February 2023.

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