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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.'

For more information contact:

Peter Balakian: pbalakian@mail.colgate.edu
Robert Melson: melson@polsci.purdue.edu or
Samantha Power: Samantha_Power@ksg.harvard.edu

The New York Times Company:

The New York Times Company is a leading media company with 2003 revenues of $3.2 billion, publishes The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe and 16 other newspapers; owns eight network-affiliated television stations and two New York radio stations; and has more than 40 Web sites, including NYTimes.com and Boston.com .

In 2004 the Company was ranked No. 1 in the publishing industry in Fortune's list of "America's Most Admired Companies," for the fourth consecutive year.

Over the years, The Times Company's properties have been awarded many journalism awards, including a total of 111 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other news organization.

The Company's core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news, information and entertainment.

The New York Times Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYT.

Source: The New York Times Company website: www.nytco.com

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