Armenian Genocide Centennial Media Coverage Worldwide

April 22, 2015

After Pope Francis spoke about the Armenian Genocide during his mass at the Vatican, and Kim Kardashian paid homage to her Armenian ancestors and laid a wreath at the Genocide Memorial in Yerevan, the world started remembering the Armenians and what happened in 1915 in Ottoman Turkey.

Here are some of the news stories from around the world:

The Souls and Stories That Vanished in the Armenian Genocide of 1915
newsweek.com | April 21, 2015

Remembering the Armenian Genocide
newyorker.com | April 21, 2015

Photographing Armenian Lives Around the World
Radio Broadcast: Here & Now, wbur.org | April 21, 2015

After the Armenian Genocide, a Group of Survivors Transform into Assassins
Radio Broadcast: The Leonard Lopate Show, wnyc.org | April 21, 2015

Jews and the Armenian Genocide
The 100th anniversary is the time for Israel to rethink the moral concession it has made by abetting Turkish denial
Tabletmag.com | April 20, 2015

The Kardashian factor and the G-word
A PR battle rages between Turkey and Armenians 100 years after the mass killings
alijazeera.com | April 19, 2015

Turkey’s Willful Amnesia
Opinion: The Editorial Board
nytimes.com | April 17, 2015

How Novel About Armenian Genocide Became Bestseller in Warsaw Ghetto
Jewish Daily Forward (Forward.com) | April 17, 2015

A Century After Armenian Genocide, Turkey’s Denial Only Deepens
nytimes.com | April 16, 2015

When the Pope Calls It Genocide
Radio Broadcast: The Brian Lehrer Show, wnyc.org | April 15, 2015

European Parliament Urges Turkey to Recognize Armenian Genocide
nytimes.com | April 15, 2015

Op-Ed On Armenian genocide, go ahead and offend Turkey
LATimes.com | April 15, 2015

Armenians and Ottoman Turks
nytimes.com | April 15, 2015

Be as brave as Kim Kardashian and the pope, Mr. President: Call the Armenian Genocide a ‘genocide.’ A century after more than 1 million Armenians were killed by the Ottomans, Obama should call this atrocity what it was.
WashingtonPost.com | April 14, 2015

Simon Heffer: Kim Kardashian and Pope Francis left Turkey in PR disaster over Armenian genocide
International Business Times (ibtimes.co.uk) | April 13, 2015

The Kardashians Show Support for Armenia
nytimes.com | April 13, 2015

Pope Angers Turkey by Calling Armenian Genocide a Genocide
Slate.com | April 12, 2015

A New Chapter In The Century-Old Debate Over The Massacre Of Armenians
Radio Broadcast: The Diane Rehm Show, npr.org | April 14, 2015

Interview: ‘Turks and Armenians should escape vicious circle of assertion and denial’
HurriyetDailyNews.com | April 13, 2015

Armenians and Turks in the shadow of 1915
HurriyetDailyNews.com | April 9, 2015

April Marks The Centennial Of Armenian Genocide
Radio Broadcast: National Public Radio (npr.com) | April 8, 2015

Lessons not learned: The Armenian Genocide
Jerusalem Post (jpost.com) | April 8, 2015

Vatican Archives Shed Light on Tragedy of Armenian Genocide
thebostonpilot.com | March 21, 2015

A Century of Silence
A family survives the Armenian genocide and its long aftermath
newyorker.com | January 5, 2015

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France’s Constitutional Court rules Armenian Genocide denial law violates freedom of speech

February 28, 2012

The Washington Post reports, “France’s Constitutional Council has ruled that a law concerning the mass killings of Armenians a century ago violates the country’s constitution.” An Armenian Weekly article states that President Sarkozy will reintroduce the bill with changes. There is a fear that the ruling could endanger France’s law which criminalizes Holocaust denial.


Free Speech and Armenian Genocide Denial

January 31, 2012

A new development has occurred in France concerning the signing into law of a bill passed by both houses of France’s parliament. The spotlight has shifted to the question of free speech rather than the crime of genocide. 

At the moment, the most vocal defender of free speech in France appears to be the Turkish Government. This is because Turkey does not want France’s president to sign the “Armenian Genocide Denial bill” into law. One fact which seems to have been lost in the muddied waters of this spectacle is that France already has a Holocaust Denial law on its books.

France legally recognizes the Armenian Genocide (tens of thousands of Armenian survivors sought refuge in France in the aftermath of the mass deportation of all Armenians from Turkey) and the Holocaust. As the New York Times correctly points out, “the bill criminalizes the denial of officially recognized genocides…The bill does not make specific reference to the estimated 1.5 million Armenians slaughtered under the Ottoman Turks, but France recognizes only those deaths and the Holocaust as genocides and already specifically bans Holocaust denial.

The same Turkish Government who is now France’s newest proponent of free speech in France, does not champion free speech in Turkey. Within Turkey’s borders, the Turkish Government censors the press and the Internet, and criminally prosecutes those who “insult Turkishness” with their words, this includes openly commenting about the Armenian Genocide. While the facts about Turkey’s human and civil rights abuses are well known, Turkey’s aggressive multi-decade, multi-national, multi-million dollar lobbying efforts aimed at blocking Armenian Genocide recognition are less frequently in the headlines.

Do we have free speech when an outside government dictates what we can and cannot say under the guise of foreign diplomacy? Questions raised about free speech are fair and essential. However, we must not limit this discussion to the passing of a law in France. Michael Bobelian’s book, Children of Armenia, which is painstakingly documented, illuminates the dark side of genocide denial and illustrates how it is possible to forget (or never learn) about seismic events in modern history.

If criminalizing genocide denial is not the answer, how do we combat hate speech and state-sponsored genocide denial?

Here are a few articles about today’s news from France:

France’s Armenian Genocide Law Put On Hold
Armenian Weekly | January 31, 2012

Top French court asked to weigh in on bill making it a crime to deny Armenian genocide
Washington Post | January 31, 2012

France Turkey row: Genocide bill faces court hurdle
BBC News | January 31, 2012

 


US Congressional panel describes killing of Armenians by Turkish forces during World War I as genocide, despite White House objections

March 4, 2010

Read the news stories from around the world

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Al Jazeera:  US panel: Armenia killings genocide

ABC News (Blog): White House Rebuffed In Effort to Kill Vote on House Bill Recognizing Armenian Genocide By Turks

TimesOnline:  Pragmatism, politics and the festering wound of Armenian ‘genocide’

BBC News:  US Congress panel accuses Turkey of Armenian ‘genocide’

CNN:  House panel recommends calling 1915 Armenian killings ‘genocide’

Miami Herald:  House panel approves Armenian genocide resolution

The Washington Post:  Armenia-Turkey dispute over genocide label sets off lobbying frenzy

The Washington Post:  House panel risks Turkey’s ire in approving Armenian ‘genocide’ resolution

Reuters:  U.S. Armenia genocide vote looms, angering Turkey

Fox News:  Obama Administration Urges Congress to Wait on Armenian Genocide Resolution

The New York Times:  House Panel in U.S. Approves Armenian Genocide Bill

The New York Times:  House Panel Says Deaths of Armenians Were Genocide

LA Times:  House panel approves resolution recognizing Armenian genocide

Wall Street Journal:  House Panel Approves Armenian Genocide Resolution

Asbarez.com:  Profiting From Genocide Denial: Defense Industry CEO’s Urge Congress To Oppose Armenian Genocide Legislation

Please thank your US representatives for standing up for the truth. While we are grateful for this good news, when you read the articles (above), you can see the chances of this resolution going before Congress are slim and passage is even less likely. The White House and State Department have once again shown their fear of Turkey, even though the list of countries officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide include:

  1. Argentina
  2. Armenia
  3. Belgium
  4. Canada
  5. Chile
  6. Cyprus
  7. France
  8. Germany
  9. Greece
  10. Italy
  11. Lithuania
  12. Lebanon
  13. Netherlands
  14. Poland
  15. Russia
  16. Slovakia
  17. Sweden
  18. Switzerland
  19. Uruguay
  20. Vatican City
  21. Venezuela

These international organizations officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide include:

  • European Parliament
  • Council of Europe
  • World Council of Churches
  • Human Rights Association (Turkey)
  • European Alliance of YMCAs
  • Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal
  • Mercosur
  • International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS)
  • International Center for Transitional Justice
  • Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity

Make no mistake, the reluctance of governments, including the United States, Britain and Israel, to use the term ‘genocide’ has everything to do  with politics rather than the facts. Each of these countries’ archives contain some of the most damning evidence of the crimes committed by the Ottoman Turks against the Armenians and humanity.

Please keep the pressure on and pass the word.

Do this in memory of your parents and grandparents and every Armenian who suffered because there was an Armenian Genocide. And, do this so the world will stop playing politics and will join together to stop Darfur and prevent future genocides.


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