Turkey’s Erdogan tries censoring Swedish documentary on Assyrian genocide

This video says about itself:

The Assyrian Genocide (also known as Sayfo or Seyfo) refers to the mass slaughter of the Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac population of the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. The Assyrian population of northern Mesopotamia (the Tur Abdin, Hakkari, Van, Siirt regions of present-day southeastern Turkey and the Urmia region of northwestern Iran) was forcibly relocated and massacred by Ottoman (Turkish) forces between 1914 and 1920. Estimates on the overall death toll have varied. Contemporary reports placed the figure at 270,000, although recent estimates have revised that figure to as many as 500–750,000.

These two videos are the sequels.

From The Local in Sweden:

24 April 2016 15:25 GMT+02:00

The Turkish embassy in Stockholm tried to bring pressure to bear over a TV4 documentary, according to the station’s programme director, Viveka Hansson.

Hansson, in a statement on the TV4 website, said that she had been sent an e-mail by Arif Gulen, the press officer at the Turkish embassy, asking her to “reconsider the decision” to broadcast a documentary tonight about the slaughter by the Ottoman Empire of Christian Assyrians that occurred during the First World War.

Turkey has long rejected claims that the killing of some 275,000 Assyrians should be classified as a genocide. The mass killing, called Seyfo by Assyrians, is designated as a genocide by the International Association of Genocide Scholars.

Hansson dismissed the request out of hand.

“We can never accept this. We will protest against any attempt to exert pressure that threatens freedom of expression,” Hansson said.

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4 thoughts on “Turkey’s Erdogan tries censoring Swedish documentary on Assyrian genocide

  1. Pregnant woman shot and heavily wounded by police in Van

    Turkish police seriously wounded a 7-months pregnant woman in a house raid in Van.

    AKP forces raided a house in Van’s Hacıbekir (Xaçort) neighborhood. The Bor family, including the elderly members, were raked through in the house. 7-months pregnant Remziye Bor was seriously wounded when 3 bullets hit her chest and neck in the attack. She was taken to Van Regional Research Hospital and placed in the ICU. Bor’s condition is critical.

    The police also detained İslam Bor, the wounded woman’s husband.

    Şahin Sönmez, Ersin Sönmez, Levent Sönmez, Ali Öner and Sebile Abi were also detained in simultaneous house raids in the morning. The detainees were taken to the anti-terror unit of police headquarters.

    Source: VAN – ANF 19-04-2016


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