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Mehmet Ali Birand, Hürriyet Photo

Mehmet Ali Birand, Hürriyet Photo

Mehmet Ali Birand, a world-renowned journalist, Hürriyet Daily News columnist and chief news editor of private channel Kanal D, died yesterday at the age of 72 due to cardiac arrest. He had been receiving cancer treatment for a long period.

Birand underwent a laparoscopic cholecystectomy in order to replace a stent at the American Hospital in Istanbul on Jan. 16 and had been placed in intensive care due to complications.

A funeral service will be held for Birand at Teşvikiye Mosque tomorrow.

“We think that he did not feel much pain because it was a simpe operation,” Birand’s son, Umur Birand, told reporters in front of the hospital. “He was making arrangements with [CNN executive] Süleyman [Sarılar] for his TV program next Tuesday.”

“The Turkish media has lost a big journalist, both the press and television,” Doğan Holding Honorary Chairman Aydın Doğan said in a televised interview. “He had a great excitement, success and ability. He is irreplaceable.”

Doğan TV Holding Chairwoman Arzuhan Doğan Yalçındağ said they worked together for a long time without any problems.

“I feel sorrow like millions of people,” she said.

Mehmet Ali Birand was born on Dec. 9, 1941, in Beyoğlu, Istanbul. He completed his high school education at Galatasaray High School. He began his journalistic career in 1964 in daily Milliyet.


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shirley morris

1/18/2013 9:10:24 PM

my condolences and respect to the family of a really nice man and excellent journalist . İwas shocked and saddened by the news that Mr Birand had died.


1/18/2013 6:26:36 PM

He made me love Turkey. I am very thankfull for his democratic views and condole his family with this loss.

Doctor Osmanov

1/18/2013 5:33:56 PM

My condolences to his family and friends! Rest in peace! He has been a pioneer for Turkish democracy and his support to end violence between Kurds and Turks will never be forgotten! Thank you Mr Birand. Your friendly Kurdish reader and follower!

Tekion Particle

1/18/2013 5:25:49 PM

Rest in Peace Sir. My deepest condolences to his loved ones.

Brian Irlanda

1/18/2013 3:52:39 PM

He was a star. He will be sadly missed.

Hakan Haksever

1/18/2013 2:39:50 PM

A terrific journalist and author, Turkey and the TRNC has lost one of its favourite sons. I will treasure his book "30 hot days" RIP.

The Prisoner

1/18/2013 1:24:00 PM

I didn't always agree with his column but the guy always came across as a true gentleman. Condolences to his family and friends. A true journalist and honourable human being has passed from this life.

Chris Green

1/18/2013 12:13:42 PM

How moving it is to observe that regular commentators here on TDN, many of whom do not see eye to eye, are today united under the canopy of grief and distress over the sad passing of Mehmet. Perhaps he would have approved of such unanimity and concord.

Chris Green

1/18/2013 12:06:21 PM

Whilst the writing fingers of those of us who remain move ever onwards, the fluid pen of the late Mehmet Ali bey has abruptly ceased; for his ink has runneth dry and there are no refills from the ink well of this life.

Alex Kader

1/18/2013 10:16:11 AM

"Birand passes away" I am terribly sorry to hear the news about the great journalist. He will be missed greatly. Life is so short.
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