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Media Monitoring: International Press Coverage of the Armenian Genocide Centennial

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Last week, the world's attention was focused on the centennial of the Armenian Genocide. As Armenians in the Republic of Armenia and throughout the Diaspora commemorated the 100th anniversary of the first genocide of the 20th century, international media outlets provided unprecedented coverage of the events taking place around the world.

Thousands of articles and reports were prepared by leading print and broadcast media organizations, calling attention to the Genocide and its denial by the government of Turkey.

The hashtag #ArmenianGenocide was trending on Twitter on April 24, the day Armenians commemorate as the start of the Genocide as that was the day that Armenian intellectuals were arrested and first sent to the Haydarpasha Train Station in Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) and from there to the depths of the Ottoman Empire, where the vast majority were slaughtered.

Below is a small sample of some of the coverage for the commemoration between April 20-27, 2015.

April 20, 2015

Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

The Independent UK | April 20, 2015

Robert Fisk: “I dug the bones and skulls of massacred Armenians out of the Syrian desert with my own hands in 1992”

Centennial of the Armenian Genocide: Recognition and Reconciliation

Huffington Post | April 20, 2015

“David L. Phillips remarks at the New York University conference "Armenians a Century After the Genocide: What Next?" on April 17, 2015.”

April 21, 2015

100 Years Later, World Debates: Were Armenian Deaths Genocide?

The Independent | April 21, 2015

“On the eve of the centennial commemoration of what Armenians call Meds Yeghern, or ‘the great calamity,’ posters featuring a violet forget-me-not and a slogan, ‘We remember and we demand,’ dot Yerevan. The symbol hasn't caught on, even in government offices.”

Turkey Must End its 100 Years of Genocide Denial

The Guardian | April 21, 2015

“Reconciliation with Armenia can only begin when Turkey roots out institutional denial and owns up to this gruesome chapter of its past”

April 22, 2015

A Small Country But a Big Nation: How Genocide Shaped the Armenia of Today

The Guardian | April 22, 2015

“As Armenians mark the beginning of violence that left 1.5 million dead, Turkey’s lack of contrition leaves descendants struggling to reconcile loss and renewal”

Consequences of Mass Killings of Ethnic Armenians Still Reverberate

Wall Street Journal | April 22, 2015

“Kayseri, Turkey -Sarkis Teke is the last living remnant of a community that no longer exists.”

Israel Sends Delegation to Armenian Genocide Ceremony

Times of Israel | April 22 “As Jews, we must recognize the fact that an Armenian genocide occurred,’ says Labor MK Nachman Shai.”

Armenian Genocide Centenary [Russian]

RIA Novosti | April 22, 2015

The Ghost City of Ani

Deutsche Welle | April 22, 2015

“On the Turkish side of the Armenian-Turkish frontier lies the spectacular medieval city of Ani. The deserted city is an Armenian cultural and religious heritage symbol. Filip Warwick documented its remains.”

Why is Israel Still Silent on Armenian Genocide?

Al-Monitor | April 22, 2015

“For years, close ties between Israel and Turkey were understood to be the reason Jerusalem has avoided the repeated requests of Armenians for the international community to recognize the genocide their community suffered at the hands of the Ottoman Turks during World War I. Not only has Israel refused to recognize that the massacre was premeditated and planned by the Ottoman government in Istanbul, it has also exerted its influence in Washington to prevent the United States from recognizing the genocide.”

Why Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide?

Project Syndicate | April 22, 2015

“Denial, the last bastion of those who commit genocide, disrespects the victims and their communities and lays a foundation of lies for a future that is likely to be characterized by even more conflict and repression. Given this, one must ask: Is acknowledging the Armenian genocide in Turkey’s long-term interest?”

April 23, 2015

It's Pure Sophistry that Stops Britain Recognising the Armenian Genocide

The Independent | April 23, 2015

“What do Kim Kardashian and Pope Francis have in common, apart from an impressive wardrobe? In the past few weeks, they have both been raising awareness of the Armenian Genocide, whose centenary falls on April 24.”

Urging Recognition, Jerusalem Armenians Mark 100th Anniversary of Genocide

Times of Israel | April 23

“However, for the past 100 years, Turkey has denied that the events against the Armenians constitute a genocide, insisting that just as many Turks died during this period.”

Turkey Wrestles With Century-Old Legacy of Armenian Genocide

Haaertz | April 23, 2015

“Kurds recognize massacres as genocide, in contrast to rest of Turkey, where most reject Armenian assertions that 1.5 million people were slaughtered in a genocide.”

Christiane Amanpour with Armenian Ambassador to UK Armen Sarkissian

CNN | April 23, 2015

8 Things to Know About the Mass Killings of Armenians 100 Years Ago

CNN | April 23, 2015

Armenian killings were genocide - German president

BBC | April 23, 2015

“German President Joachim Gauck has described as ‘genocide’ the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks, a move likely to cause outrage in Turkey.”

Armenian Genocide Centenary. How Does Modern Turkey Deal with It? [Russian]

Slon | April 23, 2015

"The Extermination of Armenians Was the Bedrock of the Foundation of the Turkish State” [French]

France 24 | April 23, 2015

April 24, 2015

For 7th Year in a Row, Obama Breaks Promise to Acknowledge Armenian Genocide

CNN | April 24, 2015

Armenians Mark 100 Years Since Ottoman 'Genocide'; Vladimir Putin Says No Justification for Mass Murder

ABC Australia | April 24, 2015

“Armenians worldwide are marking the centenary of the massacre of up to 1.5 million of their people by Ottoman forces.”

Armenian Genocide: World Leaders in Armenia to Mark 100 Years Since Killings

The Telegraph UK | April 24, 2015

“World leaders including Francois Hollande and Vladimir Putin gathered in Armenia this morning to mark 100 years since the start of the Armenian genocide.”

Video: Key Moments from Armenia 'Genocide' Ceremonies

BBC | April 24, 2015

“Commemorations have been taking place in Armenia and other countries to mark the centenary of the start of mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks.”

Video: Armenia Marks Centenary of Mass Killings by Ottoman Turks

BBC | April 24, 2015

“Ceremonies have been held in Armenia and around the world to mark the centenary of the start of mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks. The presidents of France and Russia joined other leaders for the memorial in the Armenian capital, Yerevan.”

Video: Voices from Armenia's past, 100 Years After Massacre Video

BBC | April 24, 2015

“It is 100 years since hundreds of thousands of Armenians were rounded up during a mass deportation at the height of World War One.”

Video: As Armenia Marks 1915 Massacre, Berlin Calls it Genocide

Reuters | April 24, 2015

“Armenia marked the centenary on Friday of a mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks with a simple flower-laying ceremony attended by foreign leaders as Germany became the latest country to respond to its calls for recognition that it was genocide.”

Armenians Mark 1915 Mass Killings

Al-Jazeera | April 24, 2015

“Leaders of France and Russia attend events in Armenia commemorating massacre of up to 1.5 million Armenians in 1915.”

Turkey’s Focus Is Elsewhere on Anniversary of Armenian Genocide

New York Times | April 24, 2015

“On the day that Armenians from around the world came [to Istanbul]  to commemorate the killing and forced expulsion of their ancestors by the Ottoman Turks a century ago, Turkish officials chose to focus on a different centennial, that of their country’s most important military victory.”

Remembering the Armenian Genocide

New York Times | April 24, 2015

'I Wish I Could Speak for Her: Descendants of survivors — Turks and Armenians — share their families' stories.”

Armenia, on Day of Rain and Sorrow, Observes 100th Anniversary of Genocide

New York Times | April 24, 2015

“Thousands of Armenians laid flowers around an eternal flame here on Friday in memory of the 1.5 million people killed in Ottoman Turkey a century ago. The ceremony was one of many around the world marking the 100th anniversary of what historians call a genocide.”

Lebanese-Armenians Mark Genocide Centennial With Mass Rally

Daily Star Lebanon | April 24, 2015

“Tens of thousands marched north of Beirut Friday to commemorate the Armenian genocide centennial.”

Armenian Genocide: Turkey's Day of Denial Amid Remembrance for a Genocide in All But Name

The Independent | April 24, 2015

“As brave Turks dared to challenge the consensus to mark the anniversary of the Armenian genocide, the President chose to look the other way”

Obama Knows the Truth About the Armenian Genocide

Slate | April 24, 2015

“[Obama], more than any American president, should know the importance of speaking it.”

For Turkey, denying an Armenian genocide is a question of identity

Al-Jazeera America | April 24, 2015

“Analysis: Turkey’s national identity is built on a carefully crafted and tightly controlled version of history”

Armenians Marks 100 Years Since Genocide

France 24 | April 24, 2015

“Armenians on Friday marked the centenary of the massacre of up to 1.5 million of their people by Ottoman forces as tensions mounted over Turkey's refusal to recognise the killings as genocide.”

More Turkish Dissidents Fight for Genocide Recognition

France 24 | April 24, 2015

“Although Turkey does not officially recognise the genocide of Armenians, many of the country’s residents are working for the recognition of the massacre, and hope for peace between the two states.”

Armenian Genocide: Massive March Ends at Turkish Consulate in L.A.

Los Angeles Times | April 24, 2015

“Waving flags and signs and wearing purple, tens of thousands of people marched in Los Angeles on Friday, voicing their common and persistent call for the Turkish government to recognize the deaths of more than 1 million Armenians as genocide.”

Vietnam Commemorates 100 Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide [Armenian]

Vietnam MFA release | April 24, 2015

Commemorations for Armenian genocide victims held in Turkey

Guardian | April 24, 2015

“The commemoration, organised by Turkish and international human rights organisations, was one of a series of events taking place in Istanbul to mark the centenary of the Armenian genocide during which more than 1.5 million Armenians were killed, according to historians’ estimates.”

Why is the UK government so afraid to speak of Armenian genocide?

The Guardian | April 24, 2015

“Britain’s strategic relationship with Turkey has been more important than telling the truth. If Armenians are to find closure, we must recognise their suffering.”

Poignant Photos From Around The World Show Armenian Genocide Has Not Been Forgotten

Huffington Post | April 24, 2015

“Tens of thousands of Armenians living around the world flocked to solemn memorials and defiant protests on Friday to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.”

Leaders gather to mark 100th anniversary of Armenia massacre

Euronews | April 24, 2015

Armenia marks centenary of genocide by Ottoman Empire

Deutsche Welle | April 24, 2015

“Armenians around the world are commemorating the 100th anniversary of an Ottoman massacre of up to 1.5 million people. The presidents of Russia and France joined hundreds of thousands of mourners in Yerevan.”

“Don’t Tell Them Who You Are”. Armenian Genocide Centenary [Russian]

Snob | April 24, 2015

Documentary- “Genocide. The Beginning” [Russian]

NTV TV | April 24, 2015

Armenian Genocide Centenary [Russian]

Lenta.ru | April 24, 2015

“Putin Has Made a Difficult Decision by Visiting Yerevan” [Russian]

Moskovsky Komsomolets | April 24, 2015

Why Is It so Difficult for Turkey and Other Countries to Face the Crimes of the Past? [Russian]

Vedomosti | April 24, 2015

April 25, 2015

A Tide of Armenians in Lebanon Who “Remember and Demand” [French]

L’Orient Le Jour | April 25, 2015

Millions Worldwide Mark 100th Anniversary of Armenian genocide

Russia Today | April 25, 2015

“Armenians from around the world have been taking part in public memorial services, to commemorate the 1915 massacre of up to 1.5 million of their ancestors at the hands of the Ottoman Turks.”

Special Report- “Being an Armenian in Turkey Means Having Lots of Problems” [Russian]

TV Rain | April 25, 2015

System Of A Down Singer on Armenian Genocide: ‘We’re Still Here, We’re Still Alive.’

Time | April 25, 2015

Serj Tankian from System Of A Down talks about his band’s performance in Armenia, and what the Armenian genocide means to him.

April 26, 2015

Thousands rally in Times Square to mark centennial of Armenian genocide

New York Post from Associated Press | April 26, 2015

“A rally in Times Square is marking the centennial of the deaths of as many 1.5 million Armenians under the Ottoman Empire — today’s Turkey.”

Israelis Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide, Drawing Comparisons to Holocaust

The Jerusalem Post | April 26, 2015

“Hundreds of Armenians and Israelis took part in events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide in Israel Friday, despite Israel’s failure to recognize the mass killings as genocide.”

Thousands Rally in Times Square to Mark the Centenary of 1.5 Million Armenian Deaths

NBC New York | April 26, 2015

“Thousands of people packed Times Square on Sunday to demand the U.S. government recognize the deaths of up to 1.5 million Armenians during World War I as genocide.”

John Oliver on the Armenian Genocide

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver | April 26, 2015

April 27, 2015

Armenian genocide: Turkey's day of denial amid remembrance for a genocide in all but name

The Independent | April 27, 2015

“They were brave Turks and they were brave Armenians, the descendants of the murderers of 1915 and the descendants of their victims. They stood together outside the old Istanbul prison where the first 250 Armenians – intellectuals, lawyers, teachers, journalists – were imprisoned by the Ottoman Turks exactly 100 years ago, and they travelled across the Bosphorus to sit next to each other outside the gaunt pseudo-Gothic hulk of what was once the Anatolia Station.”

Calls for Ireland to recognise Armenian 'genocide'

RTE | April 27, 2015

“The call was made by the Armenian Consul to Ireland at a service of remembrance in Dublin today.”

Brazilian Soccer Star Dani Alves Apologizes to Turkish Supporters Over Armenian Picture

The Guardian | April 27, 2015

“The Barcelona defender Dani Alves was forced to backtrack over the weekend and apologise to the club’s Turkish fans for posing for a photo in which he called for recognition of the Armenian genocide.”

Armenian Archbishop chides Rivlin for referring to genocide as ‘mass killings’

The Jerusalem Post | April 27, 2015

“Rivlin said in his opening remarks that the Armenian people were among the first victims of modern mass killing. Archbishop Aris Shirvanian took Rivlin to task, reminding him that he was in the Knesset when Rivlin spoke of the Armenian Genocide. To now refer to it as a “mass killing” was a regressive move, he said.”

Turkey’s Historical Responsibility

Project Syndicate | April 27, 2015

"Turkey would be far better off facing up to the crimes of the past, as Germany has done. Germany’s horrific history is well known, but today few countries are as widely admired."

Turkey's Erdogan Criticizes Putin Over Armenian "Genocide" Comments

Reuters | April 27, 2015

“Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday Russia should account for its actions in Ukraine and Crimea before calling the 1915 mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a ‘genocide.’”

Kim Kardashian: It's 'Very Disappointing' That President Obama Again Refused to Call the 1.5 Million Armenian Deaths in 1915 a ‘Genocide’

Daily Mail UK | April 27, 2015

“Kim Kardashian has launched an outspoken attack on President Obama for refusing to use the word 'genocide' as he marked the 100th anniversary of the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians.”