Montreal Gazette Takes Resolute Stance on Armenian Genocide

MONTREAL–Montreal’s English-language newspaper–The Gazette–issued a firm policy statement on the Armenian genocide–allowing reporters and editors to freely use the word genocide–without quotation marks and qualifiers such as "alleged,"disputed," or "what Armenia’s call."

The Editor-in-Chief of The Gazette–Andrew Phillips–issued the statement to the newspaper’s editorial staff on July 4–saying: "It seems clear from the historical record that what took place in Turkey around 1915 amounted to a genocide–as defined in the 1948 UN convention on genocide: killing or harming people ‘with intent to destroy–in whole or in part–a national–ethnic–racial or religious group.’"

The statement said that though it may report Turkish denials of such a claim when they are relevant–"we should not feel obliged to include such denials with every reference to the Armenian genocide."

"Major news organizations differ in how they handle this point. Our approach is in line with those of such newspapers as the Boston Globe–New York Times–and Ottawa Citizen."

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