Turkey ‘Hypocritical’ Regarding French Bill, Says Harvard Political Review
In an article in the Harvard Political Review, “France, Turkey, and the Politics of Genocide,” author Joe Mazur calls Turkey’s response to the passage of a set of bills that opted to criminalize the denial of the Armenian Genocide in France as “hypocritical.”
“Turkey’s righteous indignation might be more convincing if it was not also glaringly hypocritical. When Erdogan, in a speech to parliament, insisted that the French bill “murdered freedom of thought”, he seemed to have forgotten that Article 301 of the Turkish penal code makes it illegal to insult the Turkish nation, ethnicity, or government,” writes Mazur in the HPR.
“Moreover, Turkey’s hysterical reaction to the bill has made it abundantly clear that the country is being forced to confront its own checkered history,” adds Mazur, who also interviewed Harvard Professor of Armenian Studies James Russell about the matter.