Paris Court Fines Book Editors for Armenian Genocide Denial

(AP)–A Paris court on Wednesday ordered the editors of a French reference book to pay a small fine for its unbalanced portrayal of the genocide of Armenia’s by Ottoman Turkey.

The court said the Quid reference book favored Turkey’s position of denial and only briefly described the Armenian point of view. The court issued a fine of $1.19 and ordered the publication of its verdict in three daily newspapers–three weekly newspapers–and on the Quid internet site.

The committee for the defense of the Armenian cause filed a complaint against the encyclopedia in 2003.

Defense lawyers for the reference book underlined its editorial freedom and pointed out that the book mentions a 2001 French law that recognizes the Armenian genocide.

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