Sunday, April 24, 2016
Turkish Embassy pressured Swedish TV4 to not broadcast documentary about Assyrian Genocide tonight.
Turkish Embassy pressured Swedish TV4 to not broadcast documentary about Assyrian Genocide tonight. (tv4gruppen).
To whom it may concern,
I have been informed that a documentary film, “Seyfofilmen” would be broadcasted on the Channel TV4 Fakta on Sunday, April 24, 2016.
First of all, I fully respect freedom of expression and your esteemed Channel’s full liberty to broadcast on any issue.
I don’t want to prejudge the content of Seyfofilmen. However, I would like to provide you with some information regarding the events of 1915.
As you are aware, in the last years of the Ottoman Empire and the WWI all people of the Empire have greatly suffered regardless of their religious or ethnic origin.
To recall that period of History in a fair and objective manner is a prerequisite not only for shedding light on the present and future, but also for expressing our indebtedness to all those who have suffered.
There is no historical, academic or legal consensus on how to define “the 1915 events”. Genocide is a specific crime defined by international law. The 1948 UN Convention stipulates what genocide is and states that only a competent international tribunal can determine whether a particular event is genocide.
Conventional wisdom suggests that broadcasting of a documentary film comprising one-sided views of “the 1915 events” will fail to serve the principle of objectivity of broadcasting.
I hope you will review the subject once more and reconsider your decision on broadcasting of the above-mentioned documentary film with a balanced and sensible attitude.
Arif Gülen Press Counsellor
Turkish Embassy in Stockholm.
Hmmm........It's becoming very clear that Herr Erdogan behaves like a dictator, appeasement does not work with Islamist dictators.