New York Times changes policy on Armenian Genocide
From: International Association of Genocide Scholars, Robert Melson, President, Department of Political Science, , Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907
The New York Times has recently revised its guidelines for editors regarding the Armenian genocide. The new policy notes, `After careful study of scholarly definitions of `genocide,' we have decided to accept the term in references to the Turks' mass destruction of Armenians in and around 1915.' The guidelines continue, `The expression `Armenian genocide' may be used freely and should not be qualified with phrasing like `what Armenians call,' etc.'
The Times' new guidelines state that: `By most historical accounts, the Ottoman empire killed /more than one million/ Armenians in a campaign of death and mass deportation aimed at eliminating the Armenian population throughout what is now Turkey.'
The memo notes, `While we may of course report Turkish denials on those occasions when they are relevant, we should /not/ couple them with the historians' findings, as if they had equal weight.'
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