Quick Discourse Monitoring About the Armenian Genocide in Media: From BBC to Cumhuriyet

April 24, 2017. The Armenian Genocide is still not recognized by Turkey, the US, and other countries. What did the media focus on? And did the local and international online media cover April 24? Here is a quick overview.

US Media:

On April 22, 2017, The New York Times published an article that discusses how Turkey continues to deny to recognize the mass killings in 1915 as a genocide because it claims that “the original documents from postwar military tribunals that convicted the genocide’s planners were nowhere to be found.” Then the article tells the story of how Taner Akcam, a Turkish historian at Clark University, has found an original telegram that was held by the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, which Akcam believes it to be “the last brick in the denialist wall.”

On April 23, 2017, The Los Angeles Times published an article that mainly talks about the march outside the Turkish consulate in Los Angeles.

While The Hill reported that Donald Trump did not use the word “genocide,” and the former US ambassador to UN, Samantha Power, apologized for not recognizing the genocide during Obama’s administration.

Turkish Media:

The Hürriyet and Cumhuriyet newspapers published several articles regarding the genocide.  The articles mainly reported that Trump didn’t use the word “genocide,” but he rather referred to it as “mass atrocities,” and the protests that took place in Turkey. The articles in both newspapers did not include any analysis of the protests, but they only gave a summary of the speeches of representatives of different organizations regarding the genocide and what was written on the protest posters.

Armenian Media:

The Armenian media actively covered the commemoration ceremony in Armenia through live broadcasting, publishing reportages and archival documents related to the genocide, and announcing the finalists for the humanitarian Aurora Prize.

Armenians had a voice in international media outlets as well. On April 24, 2017, The Boston Globe published an opinion piece, by an American-Armenian novelist, Chris Bohjalian. The article gives a quick overview of history, discusses the Armenian Genocide organized by the Young Turks, and mentions how the US president will use a “euphemism for the word “genocide.””

This year there was a new trend on Social Media, “This was a failed Genocide. I live!” The trend is a step forward in the process of eliminating the syndrome of a victim from the discourse about the genocide.

Mediamax presented the construction history of the Tsitsernakaberd.

There were also opinion pieces that urged to look to the future and focus on the development of the Republic of Armenia.

European Media:

This year, most parts of the European media stayed silent, including BBC and The Guardian, and did not publish any articles related to the genocide. Another group of media outlets, such as Independent.co.uk published pieces about Donald Trump not calling the Armenian Genocide a genocide. Whether such articles are addressed to the recognition of the genocide or are another reason to point out Trump’s mistakes is debatable.

For many media outlets, such as the business-oriented media company Bloomberg.com, the only reason to mention the Armenian Genocide was the newly released film “The Promise.”

 

Lala Mouradian

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