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 PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 8:39 pm    Post subject: TIME: Genocide Denial Campaign DVD / Protest letters Reply with quote Back to top

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TIME U.S. EDITION SPREAD FILM DENYING ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
6/6/2005


A DVD attached to latest number of Time edition published in US denies the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey at the beginning of last century. The DVD recorded in Turkey informs that the “events of 1915 in Turkey was not genocide but exile and the Turkish authorities provided the Armenians with the daily meal and often they were fed better than the Turkish escort.” The film authors presented former Minister of Interior Talaat Pasha as a national hero. Azerbaijani representative in the film assures that Armenians, who once annihilated Turks, are annihilating Azeris at present. The film tells that “Armenians fought for Hitler and then committed terrorist acts against Turkish diplomats.” Head of the Turkish Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sinan Aygun informed that the film was shot thanks to $1 million collected as donation and the shooting lasted for half a year. This week 500 000 Europeans will watch the film, IA Regnum reports.



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Dear Sir/Madam,

Am I imagining it, or could it be true that TIME magazine is engaged in a genocide-denial campaign? As a loyal reader of your magazine for over a decade, I am truly amazed and shocked. You should know that an email is being circulated throughout Armenian communities in Europe and the US, indicating the circulation of a DVD entitled "Sari Gelin" (translated into "The True Story") in your European edition. This DVD features a one-hour story denying the 1915 Genocide and portraying the Armenians as terrorists. Even if your editors-in-chief were to personally believe that the Armenian Genocide never happened (which is already itself a surprising stance given their profession), to circulate such a thing in Europe can only be perceived as an error in judgment. Permit me to observe that denying genocide is not a popular stance in today's 'human rights'-sensitive world.

While the Armenian Genocide was unfolding in 1915, American diplomats posted in Turkey sent countless diplomatic telegrams to Washington D.C. informing our leaders of the fate of the Armenians.

I am attaching a PDF file of one of the dispatches sent by U.S. Consul Leslie Davis to the U.S. Ambassador in Constantinople in that year. Consul Davis was posted to central Turkey and personally witnessed the rape, murder, mutilation and brutality that comprised this Genocide. I am also attaching two New York Times articles from 1915, among many that appeared in the American press reporting the massacres. All of this is for your information and education, should you be interested in beginning to understand the chain of events that turned into one of the biggest horrors of the 20th century.

I know that as Americans and Europeans in 2005, we are all rather far-removed from such historical events. I doubt very much that TIME may have any reason to care about this subject. But nevertheless, I think that the treatment of such a subject in this way - in your pages - is indicative of a much larger problem with your publication.

As it stands, I think I speak not only for myself when I say that I will certainly think twice before ever picking up TIME magazine again.

I am truly saddened and disappointed.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Audrey N. Selian
Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University
Doctoral Fellow, National Ctr for Digital Government, Harvard University


with the permission of the author, Dr. Audrey Selian.


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From: Zavarian Student Association
To:
Sent: Monday, June 06, 2005 12:24 AM
Subject: Take Action: Stop the Denial of the Armenian Genocide



A.R.F. Zavarian Student Association

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Dear Subscriber ,
"TIME" magazine has issued in its June 6, 2005 edition, a special DVD mostly dedicated to the denial of the Armenian Genocide.

To protest this involvement of the magazine in distorting historical facts send an e-mail to "TIME" magazine by clicking this link: www.Zavarian.org or/and by forwarding your comments to letters@time.com

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Yerevanian Bldg., 4th floor, Bourj Hamoud, Lebanon
Tel: +9611240167, +9611265078 - Fax: +9611265078
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FEDERATION EURO-ARMENIENNE
pour la Justice et la Démocratie
Avenue de la Renaissance 10
B-1000 Bruxelles
Tel: +32 2 732 70 26
Tel/Fax: +32 2 732 70 27
Email : contact@eafjd.org


COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE
pour diffusion immédiate
16 juin 2005
Contact :Talline Tachdjian
Tel/Fax :+32 2 732 70 27

PROPAGANDE NEGATIONNISTE : CAMPAGNE INTERNATIONALE DE PROTESTATION CONTRE TIME
MAGAZINE

le Comité de Défense de la Cause Arménienne (CDCA), la Fédération Euro
Arménienne pour la Justice et la Démocratie (FEAJD) et l'Armenian National
Committee of America (ANCA) ont lancé ce lundi 13 juin une campagne de
protestation commune contre Time Magazine.

Cette campagne fait suite à la diffusion par Time Magazine, dans son numéro du 6
juin 2005, d’un DVD qui sous couvert de promotion touristique de la Turquie
relayait la propagande négationniste de l’Etat turc. Ce DVD doublé en 7 langues
a été diffusé à 485 000 exemplaires.

La Fédération Euro-Arménienne, associé au CDCA et à l’ANCA, invite tout un
chacun à envoyer au directeur de publication de Time Magazine, M. James Geary,
la lettre électronique de protestation disponible sur le site de la Fédération
(http://www.eafjd.org) ou à l’adresse suivante
http://capwiz.com/anca/mail/compose/?mailid=7722236 .

Parallèlement, la Fédération Euro-Arménienne a envoyé à Time magazine une
demande urgente d’entrevue « sans préjuger des actions qui pourraient être
entreprises », afin de « confronter les appréciations respectives » de Time et
des organisations susmentionnées sur les suites à donner à cette affaire.

Dans son courrier, la Fédération rappelle que « l’écho donné à cette propagande
d’Etat est aussi inacceptable que celle qui aurait consisté à relayer une
idéologie nazie ou favorable à l’Apartheid » et que « le négationnisme n’a rien
à voir avec la liberté d’expression » mais constitue « une agression grave à
l’encontre de la dignité humaine ».

Elle considère que cette affaire « remet en question à la fois la crédibilité de
Time et les principes éthiques qui sous-tendent sa ligne éditoriale.

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INTERNATIONAL 06.22.2005 Wednesday - ISTANBUL 08:58

Armenian Lobby Takes Media Under Close Scrutiny
By Foreign News Desk
Published: Tuesday 21, 2005
zaman.com

One of the prominent "radical" organizations among Armenian lobby groups in the US, the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) has reacted with a seven article action plan to "protest genocide denial" by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The plan wholly foresees using the US media to protest against the administration of those who deny the genocide and for sending bombardments of thanks to those who support them. Time magazine apparently "ignored" the so-called genocide by distributing DVDs with this months publication and was protested against by the lobby group as the Washington Post, which accepted an advertisement denying the "genocide", will also be protested. The Armenian lobby plans to thank The New York Times for publishing their advertisements. NBC TV was harshly reacted to due to the manner of its objection relating to the issue. The ANCA also plans to protest US President George W. Bush "since he has not called on them to help end the ignorance regarding the genocide" along with the US Secretary Department for not reacting to the cancellation of the "genocide" conference that was due to be held in Istanbul. The organization also called for support to the so-called genocide draft that will be presented to the House of Representatives.



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Six weeks ago, the Switzerland-Armenia Association (SAA) sent a letter
of protest to TIME magazine expressing its "shock and disappointment"
that TIME included in its European Edition (June 6, 2005 issue), as a
paid ad, a Turkish DVD that denied the Armenian Genocide.

As the denial of the Armenian Genocide is a criminal offense under
Swiss laws, the SAA threatened TIME with legal action, unless the
magazine took nine corrective steps ranging from publishing a formal
apology to disseminating, at TIME's expense, a factual DVD on the
Armenian Genocide, in the same seven languages as the Turkish DVD.

James Kelly, the Managing Editor of TIME, responded last week to
SAA's letter by stating: "We regret distributing the [Turkish] DVD as
part of TIME's European edition and are very sorry for the offense it
has caused. The so-called 'documentary' portion of the DVD presents
a one-sided view of history that does not meet our standards for
fairness and accuracy, and we would not have distributed it had we been
aware of its content. Unfortunately the DVD was not adequately reviewed
by anyone at TIME because it was believed to be a benign promotion
piece. I can assure you that we have changed our review process and
will be much more vigilant in the future. We apologize to the Armenian
community, and to our readers."

This is a fine letter that makes several very important points:
-- It expresses regret three times in the space of a few short lines;
-- It challenges the credibility of the Turkish DVD by referring to it
as a "so-called 'documentary'" that is "one-sided" and not meeting
TIME's "standards for fairness and accuracy";
-- It acknowledges that TIME would not have distributed the Turkish DVD
had it been "aware of its content";
-- It accepts TIME's negligence by admitting that the DVD "was not
adequately reviewed by anyone at TIME";
-- It pledges to be "much more vigilant," should the Turks attempt a
similar ploy in the future.

Clearly, this letter is an improvement over TIME's initial wholly
inadequate reaction to Armenian complaints. James Geary, the editor of
TIME Europe, had callously responded that the magazine was "not
endorsing any political organization or cause." Mr. Kelly's letter,
on the other hand, reinforces the e-mail Norman Pearlstine, the
Editor-in-Chief of TIME, sent to a reader admitting that the contents
of the DVD were "different from what we had been led to believe." In
other words, Mr. Pearlstine acknowledged that TIME was tricked by the
Turks.

Despite Mr. Kelly's more understanding letter that included profuse
apologies, the most critical element is still missing from his response
to the Switzerland-Armenia Association. He expresses regret for
TIME's dissemination of the offensive DVD; acknowledges that the
Turkish DVD was one-sided, unfair and inaccurate; admits that the
magazine was negligent in not reviewing the DVD; and accepts that the
DVD should not have been distributed by TIME.

Acknowledging its error and apologizing for it does not, however, go
far enough in redressing the harm done to the psyche of the survivors
of the Armenian Genocide. The Turkish DVD also tarnished the memory of
the Armenian martyrs by casting doubt on the truthfulness of their
agonizing eyewitness accounts.

Mr. Kelly and his superiors at TIME now have an obligation to undo the
damage they have caused by their negligence. They need to take the nine
steps suggested by the SAA. The least TIME could do is agree to
disseminate free of charge, to the same 500,000 readers that received
the Turkish DVD, a new DVD that accurately portrays the facts of the
Armenian Genocide. Otherwise, TIME's admission of mistakes and
expression of regrets remain simply empty words devoid of any meaning
and sincerity. It is too easy for TIME executives to pocket the one
million dollars for circulating the Turkish hit piece and then simply
tell the Armenians, "we apologize." A true apology has to be
accompanied by concrete steps that include making amends to the
aggrieved party -- the Armenians.

Until then, Armenians worldwide should continue their boycott of TIME
magazine and resort to all possible legal measures accorded to them
under European genocide denial laws to seek adequate redress. Kind
words alone do not compensate for the damage caused by TIME's
negligent, insensitive and offensive act.

By Harut Sassounian; Publisher, The California Courier


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 PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 3:12 pm    Post subject: TIME publishing a reaction and excuses Reply with quote Back to top

TIME Magazine, October 17, 2005 (p. 10)



DVD Segment on Armenia


In the June 6, 2005 issue of the European edition of Time, you ran a four-page advertisement, placed by the Ankara Chamber of Commerce, promoting tourism in Turkey, together with a dvd. The dvd contained a 70-minute segment that completely denied and distorted the facts of the Armenian genocide. It also contained many heinous allegations against the Armenian people, portraying them as terrorists, liars, killers, racists and pro-Nazis.


In response to complaints from many readers, Time printed, in the June 20, 2005, issue of its European edition, the following letter: "I was rather disappointed to see a dvd in your magazine [June 6] accompanying a Turkish ad that portrayed Armenians as terrorists and the Armenian genocide as a myth. Time has a good reputation for unbiased reporting. The dvd is an insult to all Armenians across the world." The letter was signed Gagik Mikaelian, Chicago. The editors added the following answer: "Time is an independent newsmagazine and does not endorse the views of any organization or government. We regret any offense caused by the advertisement."


We, as representatives of some French associations whose aim is to fight against racism, anti-Semitism and for the memory of the Armenian genocide, were also shocked and disappointed to see that you chose to include in the June 6, 2005, issue of your European edition of Time a dvd spreading such a grotesque denial of the Armenian genocide, and so many heinous allegations against the Armenian people. In our view, the above answer is sufficient neither to explain how a magazine like Time accepted an advertisement that promoted denial of the Armenian genocide, nor enough to evade your responsibility. Let us give some examples of what is unacceptable for us:


On the dvd, the narrator follows a presentation of Hrand Dink by saying: "In these words there is the longing of people who share a common faith and who live joy, grief and pride together. In these words there is the cry of humanity's wish to live in peace in a fraternity not to be beaten by hatred or resentment." He does not say that Dink is being prosecuted by a Turkish court for writing that Turkey should discuss the Armenian genocide. Dink may be sentenced to up to three years in prison for talking about the Armenian genocide. What is your view, as a journalist, about freedom of the press in Turkey as it relates to the Armenian genocide?

Justin McCarthy, professor of history at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, says that he thinks that the events were not genocide because some Armenians survived. Can you imagine the same words being said about the Jewish Holocaust? Would such a statement be acceptable to Time magazine?

The narrator of the dvd says (over images of the genocide monument in Yerevan ) that historical facts were falsified when they were transmitted to the young generation. Can you imagine a dvd presenting images from the Yad Vashem monument, together with an explanation that young Jews don't have to honor the memory of their people? Would such a statement be acceptable to Time magazine?

The narrator and Samuel A. Weems (a retired judge from Arkansas, who died in 2003) suggested that Armenian people collaborated with the Nazis to exterminate the Jewish people because they're Aryan, and today Armenian people react like Nazis. Do you think that because a few people commit terrorist acts that their entire nation and religion should be called terrorist? We don't believe that a nation is responsible for what 10 people do, but we are sure that states are responsible for their history - and here we refer to the genocide committed by the Turkish government in the Ottoman Empire against the Armenian nation. Would Time magazine endorse the outrageous words of the dvd against the Armenian nation, which can be characterized as racial defamation under French law?



We found many other lies, racial defamation, personal defamation and historical mistakes in this dvd, which contains all the techniques of disinformation and propaganda. In circulating these lies on behalf of Ankara's Chamber of Commerce, Time magazine has, for the price of an advertisement, allowed itself to become part of Turkey's worldwide multimillion-dollar effort to undermine truth and evade responsibility for the deaths of 1.5 million innocent Armenian men, women and children. In taking this step, Time magazine has compromised both its moral standing and its journalistic credibility. The fine journalists and staff of your publication deserve better than to be tarnished by this association with genocide denial.
As journalists and media professionals, you know that the Armenian genocide has been extensively researched by scholars around the world, and recognized by the United Nations, the European Parliament and parliaments in Europe and around the world. This year, as Armenians and all people of good conscience in Europe and around the world mark the 90th anniversary of this crime against humanity, Time magazine's decision to disseminate this hateful dvd insults the memory of its victims and offends survivors and their descendants.


More broadly, in perpetuating the precedent set by Turkey of a genocide committed with impunity, Time magazine has helped embolden future perpetrators of genocide with the knowledge that their crimes can be committed without consequence. Time magazine, as a trusted journal of our time, should understand the clear moral imperative to, once and for all, end the cycle of genocide that your journalists have chronicled for too many decades. As smart media professionals, you should have done your homework and known better than to fall into this obvious trap.


Even if you believe that the magazine's executives were misled by the Turks, you cannot deny your responsibilities to all the people who were offended by the Turkish dvd, which was distributed to 500,000 subscribers in more than a dozen European countries. You should now repair the damage you caused. In light of these concerns, we respectfully ask you to promptly take the following steps:


Disclose, if any, the official standards Time magazine respects when it contemplates issuing an ad. We also would like to know if, for example, Time magazine would have accepted a similarly hateful dvd denying the Holocaust.

Distribute, free of charge, a dvd prepared by the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (eafjd) regarding the history and modern-day consequences of the Armenian genocide.

Donate the advertisement receipts from this campaign to nonprofit organizations advocating the truth about the Armenian genocide and other genocides.



Thank you for your consideration of my concerns.
Bernard Jouanneau,
President, Mémoire 2000,
Paris


This letter, published pursuant to French law ("droit de réponse"), received the support of the following associations: Le Conseil de Coordination des Organisations Arméniennes de France (ccoaf), Le Comité de Défense de la Cause Arménienne (cdca), J'Accuse and Le mrap.


Editor's note: TIME regrets distributing the dvd and we are very sorry for the offense it has caused. The so-called documentary portion of the dvd presents a one-sided view of history that does not meet our standards for fairness and accuracy, and we would not have distributed it had we been aware of its content. Unfortunately, the dvd was not adequately reviewed by anyone at TIME because it was believed to be a benign promotion piece. We have since changed our review process so as to guarantee more vigilance in future. We apologize to the Armenian community, and to our readers.



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 PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2005 6:19 am    Post subject: 051020|CaliforniaCourier|Full-Page Letter To Rectify DVD Reply with quote Back to top

TIME Prints Full-Page Letter
To Rectify Turkish DVD Flap


By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier


TIME magazine came a step closer this week to properly address a major
dispute with Armenians worldwide over its distribution of a Turkish DVD
denying the Armenian Genocide.

In its June 6, 2005 issue, the European edition of TIME ran a four-page ad
placed by the Ankara Chamber of Commerce promoting tourism in Turkey. As
part of that paid ad, the magazine included a DVD insert that had a
70-minute segment that denied and distorted the facts of the Armenian
Genocide. This highly offensive material, hidden behind a couple of benign
segments on tourism in the DVD, was disseminated to half a million TIME
subscribers in a dozen European countries.

Initially, the editors of TIME did not seem to realize the grave error they
had committed by becoming accomplices to Turkish denialists. They dismissed
Armenian complaints about this hateful and hurtful Turkish DVD by simply
stating that TIME did “not endorse the views of any organization or
government.”

However, when the Switzerland-Armenia Association wrote a letter threatening
to sue TIME for violating a Swiss law against the denial of crimes against
humanity and genocide, the magazine’s managing editor, James Kelly, wrote
back stating that no one at TIME had “adequately reviewed” the offensive
segment of the Turkish DVD. He apologized profusely and repeatedly to the
Armenian community and to all its readers. Mr. Kelly said that the DVD
presented a distorted view of history that did not meet the magazine’s
“standards for fairness and accuracy.” He added: “we would not have
distributed [the DVD] had we been aware of the content.”

The Swiss-Armenian group, however, was not satisfied with this response.
They wrote back pointing out that the magazine had not addressed the issue
of redressing the damage caused by the malicious Turkish DVD to the
descendants of the victims of the Armenian Genocide.

Meanwhile, five French organizations hired an attorney in order to pursue
their legal rights under French laws that call for the protection of “human
dignity.” Mémoire 2000, the Coordinating Council of Armenian Organizations
of France (CCOAF), the Armenian National Committee of France (CDCA), J’
Accuse, and the Movement Against Racism and for Friendship Among Peoples
(MRAP) wrote a lengthy joint letter of complaint that was published on a
whole page in the October 17 issue of TIME’s European edition.

The French organizations requested that TIME distribute free of charge an
objective DVD on the Armenian Genocide and donate the income from the
Turkish ad to non-profit organizations that advocate the truth about the
Armenian Genocide.

In an “Editor’s note” published along with the letter, TIME restated the
apology that it had expressed earlier to the Switzerland-Armenia
Association. The note added that TIME was publishing this letter “pursuant
to French law (‘droit de réponse’)” [right of reply].

The ANC of France (CDCA) stated in a press release that by printing the
letter and expressing its apology, TIME had partially acknowledged its
error. This right of reply “is the initial result of a common and long-term
initiative by the associations fighting against racism, anti-Semitism and
for the defense of the memory of the Armenian people" said Harout
Mardirossian, Chairman of CDCA. "If TIME magazine thinks that this right of
reply settles all accounts, it is sadly mistaken. TIME magazine’s response
does not redress the terrible suffering of those who saw this sordid tool of
denialist propaganda. Taking into account the most heinous content of this
DVD, our demands for redress go far beyond this simple right of reply and we
intend to attain them," said Mardirossian.

The Chairman of CDCA reiterated the demand of the five organizations for the
magazine to disseminate free of charge to its European subscribers an
objective DVD on the Armenian Genocide, and to have TIME donate the revenues
from the Turkish ad to non-profit organizations that advocate the truth
about the Armenian and all other genocides.

By acknowledging its error, apologizing for it and publishing a full-page
letter, TIME magazine has begun to take responsibility for the pain and
suffering it has caused to Armenians worldwide.

TIME’s executives and the representatives of French and Swiss organizations
now have to sit down together and consider the proper ways to undo the
damage caused by the Turkish DVD. As has been suggested previously, one such
way would be for TIME to disseminate to its readers an accurate DVD on the
Armenian Genocide. Another possible step would be for the magazine to donate
the revenues from the Turkish DVD to non-profit organizations. It would be
wrong for TIME to profit from tainted funds belonging to revisionists and
denialists of genocide!
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