International Association of Genocide Scholars Urge PBS to Air Genocide Documentary

The International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) wrote a letter Friday to PBS Stations across the US–urging them to air Andrew Goldberg’s documentary [The Armenian Genocide] on April 17–but not the PBS-sanctioned panel discussion featuring Genocide deniers.

Israel Charney and Gregory H. Stanton–President and Vice President of IAGS–describe the widely-praised film as "accurate and well done."

The letter points out that virtually all major PBS affiliates and networks in several other countries will air the documentary that "so clearly describes and addresses the issue of Armenian genocide denial."

The film deals with denial–which "is of paramount importance since denial–which we know today is the very last stage of genocide–not only hurts the victims and descendants of victims of the genocide–but invites future perpetrators to commit genocide again and again."

For this reason–the letter urges PBS stations to opt out of airing the panel discussion about the genocide featuring known deniers Omer Turan and Justin McCarthy.

"It would be openly disrespectful of a survivor-community’s sensibilities to bring on genocide deniers in a panel immediately following a documentary about the reality of the Armenian Genocide–though we have only the highest regard and trust in the scholars whom PBS chose to answer the deniers–Professors Taner Akcam and Peter Balakian."

According to the IAGS–[The Armenian Genocide] is "the best film ever made about the Armenian Genocide."

The Orange County affiliate of PBS–KOCE–will air [The Armenian Genocide] Wednesday–April 26–at 9:00 PM.

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