Ergenekon Case Exposes Links to Genocide Denial Websites

ANKARA (Combined Sources)–The ongoing investigation of the secret ultra-nationalist Ergenekon group in Turkey has uncovered websites the group organized for nationalist propaganda and genocide denial. These findings come in addition to those revealing the Ergenekon coup plots and planned assassinations.

Todays Zaman, a Turkish Daily newspaper revealed on February 5 that the clandestine terrorist organization, charged with attempting to overthrow the government, is also responsible for operating a series of web sites offering nationalist content and pseudo-scientific research denying the Armenian Genocide.

These web sites are updated frequently in both Turkish and English, feature extremely nationalist propaganda against Greeks, Kurds and Armenia’s, as well as Turkey’s own Muslim segmen’s, Zaman’said. The sites have been online for some time and are characterized by Zaman as having "professional-looking content and design." But these sites, rich with information, videos, photographs and documen’s offer no contact information.

The investigation has revealed that a hub of retired and on-duty military personnel are behind a network of dozens of ultra-nationalist websites. The Ergenekon investigation recently revealed that 35 Internet domains with similar content and design were registered with the same company.

The sites seem to have been trying to foment public opinion in line with the goals of the Ergenekon organization. The sites include www.abdullahocalanakademisi.info, www.apopkk.com, armenianreality.com, www.cameria.org, www.gencizbiz.net, genclik.info, gnkur.net, greekmurderers.net, www.irtica.net, www.irtica.org, www.naksilik.com, www.nursi.info, www.pkkapo.com, www.pkkgercegi.com, www.terorveguvenlik.net, www.turkatak.com and www.turkeyturks.com.

Despite the discovery, many of the websites are still active and frequently updated. In addition to denying the Armenian Genocide, the websites commonly refers to Armenia’s as "terrorists," just like in the case of anti-Greek and anti-Kurdish websites operated by Ergenekon.

What is most interesting, though, is the fate of other nationalist Turkish websites which have heavily relied on Ergenekon’s internet content for their substance. One such website is Murad "Holdwater" Gumen’s http://www.tallarmeniantale.com.

Last Summer, the Southern Poverty Law Center, a U.S.-based Civil Rights organization, exposed both tallarmeniantale.com and armenianreality.com in addition to two other sites operated by Ergeneken members.

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