Metin Toker

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Metin Toker
Born 1924
Istanbul, Turkey
Died 18 July 2002 (aged 77 or 78)
Ankara, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Alma mater Galatasaray High School,
Istanbul University
Occupation Journalist, writer
Spouse(s) Özden (İnönü) Toker
Children Gülsün Toker Bilgehan

Metin Toker (1924-18 July 2002) was a Turkish journalist and writer.


He was born in İstanbul. After finishing Galatasaray High School, he studied French philology at İstanbul University graduating in 1948.[1] He then went to France to study Political Sciences. In 1955 after returning home, he married to Özden İnönü, the daughter of İsmet İnönü, the second president of Turkey (in office 1938-1950) and the leader of the Republican People's Party.

Metin Toker died on 18 July 2002 in Ibni Sina Hospital of Ankara University.[2][3] He was laid to rest at the Cebeci Asri Cemetery in Ankara. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, Gülsün Bilgehan, Nurperi Özlen, a son Gooseu, and his grandchild named Maya. [1]


While still in France, he began writing for the newspaper Cumhuriyet and made a name in journalism. Between 1954 and 1968, Toker published a political magazine named Akis. But during this time, he was tried and sentenced in a number of cases for his articles published. He continued publishing the periodical until 1968. After 1968, he became a columnist in the daily Milliyet.

According to Turkish constitution between 1961 and 1980, the presidents had the power of appointing 15 senators in addition to elected members of the Turkish Senate. Between 1977-1980, Metin Toker served as senator appointed by President Fahri Korutürk.

Following the dissolution of the parliament as a result of 1980 Turkish coup d'état, he returned to journalism.[4]


Metin Toker translated Richard Llewellyn's novel How Green Was My Valley into Turkish with the title "Vadim O kadar Yeşildi ki" . His other books are documentaries and memoirs about the near history of Turkey.[5]

  • Bir Diktatörün İktidar Yolu
  • İsmet Paşayla On Yıl (7 volumes)
  • Rus geldi Aşka, Rusun Aşkı başka
  • Şeyh Sait İsyanı
  • Avrupa Birşeyler Arıyor
  • Dört Buhranlı Yıl
  • Tek Partiden Çok Partiye
  • Türkiye Üzerinde 1945 Kabusu
  • Solda ve Sağda Vuruşanlar
  • Orak ile Çekiç arasında kalanlar
  • Not Defterinden
  • İsmet Paşa'nın Son Yılları (1993) Bilgi yayınevi ISBN 975-494-176-9


  1. ^ a b "Metin Toker son yolculuğuna uğurlandı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2002-07-22. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  2. ^ Akşam newspaper (Turkish)
  3. ^ Bilgehan, Gülsün (2009-07-19). "Babama Haberler...". Milliyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  4. ^ Biography page (Turkish)
  5. ^ Metin Toker:İsmet Paşanın Son Yılları, Bilgi yayınevi, 1993, ISBN 975-494-176-9