Ahmet Altan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Ahmet Altan
Born Ahmet Hüsrev Altan
1950 (age 66–67)
Ankara, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Education Robert College
Ankara College
Middle East Technical University
Istanbul University
Occupation Editor-in-chief and lead columnist of Taraf (2007–2012)
Children Two
Relatives Çetin Altan (father), Mehmet Altan (brother)
Website http://www.taraf.com.tr/ahmet-altan/

Ahmet Hüsrev Altan (born 1950) is a Turkish journalist and author. A working journalist for more than twenty years, he has served in all stages of the profession, from being a night shift reporter to editor in chief in various newspapers.


He was born 1950 in Ankara, Turkey to the notable journalist and writer Çetin Altan as the first of two sons. His brother Mehmet Altan is also a journalist, writer and university professor of economy politics.


In addition to having written columns in several Turkish newspapers, including Hürriyet, Milliyet and Radikal, Altan has produced news programming for television.

He was fired from Milliyet after writing a column on 17 April 1995 titled "Atakurd", which presented an alternate history of Turkey.[1][2]

In 2007 he became the founding editor in chief and lead columnist of Taraf, a daily Turkish newspaper, and remained in the position until his resignation in December 2012.

In September 2008 when Altan published an article titled "Oh, My Brother" dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide, he was charged under Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code for "denigrating Turkishness". The judicial claim was initiated by the far-right "Great Union Party."[3][4]

Altan, along with some of his Taraf associates, usually carries a firearm for self-protection.[5]

On December 14, 2012, Ahmet Altan, who was founding editor-in-chief of the daily Taraf since 2007, resigned from his post. With him stepped down his assistant editor Yasemin Çongar, and Neşe Tüzel. The next day, columnist Hadi Uluengin followed the leaving group of journalists.[6]

During Turkey's media purge after the failed July 2016 coup d'état on September 23, 2016, Altan, was arrested. He is accused of sending "subliminal messages" to encourage 2016 Turkish coup d'état attempt planners.[7]



  • Kılıç Yarası Gibi (Like a Sword Wound)
  • Dört Mevsim Sonbahar (Four Seasons of Autumn)
  • Yalnızlığın Özel Tarihi (A Private History of Loneliness)
  • Sudaki İz (Trace on the Water)
  • Aldatmak (Cheating)
  • İsyan Günlerinde Aşk (Love in the Days of Rebellion)
  • En Uzun Gece (The Longest Night)
  • Tehlikeli Masallar (Dangerous Tales)
  • Son Oyun

Collections of essays[edit]

  • Gece Yarısı Şarkıları (Midnight Songs)
  • İçimizde Bir Yer (Somewhere Inside Us)
  • Karanlıkta Sabah Kuşları (Morning Birds in Darkness)
  • Kristal Denizaltı (Crystal Submarine)
  • Ve Kırar Göğsüne Bastırırken (And He Breaks While Holding Down To His Chest)


  1. ^ Altan, Ahmet (1995-04-17). "Atakurd". Milliyet. Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  2. ^ Hurriyet Daily News, 8 April 2013, Famous writer Ahmet Altan back with new book
  3. ^ A trial against the journalist who wrote about the Genocide, Azg daily, Sept. 2008.
  4. ^ Onderoglu, Erol (2008-09-12). "Writer And Journalist Ahmet Altan Charged With Insulting Turkish Nation". Bianet. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  5. ^ Hansen, Suzy (2009-01-02). "Eye of the storm". The National Newspaper. Abu Dhabi Media Company. Retrieved 2009-01-02. Ahmet carries a gun. But he always carried a gun. Alev carries a gun. These guys like guns, it’s not like they have to carry guns. But it also shows me that they feel more secure having a gun. They don’t want a bodyguard after them all the time. 
  6. ^ "Taraf'ta istifa depremi". Hürriyet Gündem (in Turkish). 2012-12-15. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  7. ^ http://www.ntv.com.tr/turkiye/ahmet-altantutuklandi,Zg71muf5B0uTb8CPBLoF2Q


External links[edit]