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==Turkey's Gul Deems Shameful The Dismissal Of Journalist That Wrote Book About Armenian Genocide==
April 03, 2013 | 12:14
Turkish President Abdullah Gul considered as shameful the firing of
prominent journalist Hasan Cemal from Milliyet daily.
Gul said he always appreciates the writers that freely express their
thoughts, Aksam daily of Turkey informs.
"What was done against Hasan Cemal was a great shame," the president
of Turkey stated.
To note, Hasan Cemal, who is the grandson of Cemal Pasha-one of
the architects behind the Armenian Genocide-, is among those unique
Turkish journalists that recognize the Armenian Genocide. Cemal had
visited Armenian capital city Yerevan's Genocide Memorial in 2008
and apologized to the Armenians for the genocide.
In 2012, Hasan Cemal published his book entitled "1915: Armenian
Genocide," which he dedicated to the memory of Hrant Dink, the founder
and chief editor of Istanbul's Agos Armenian bilingual weekly, who
was gunned down in 2007 in front of his office building.
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===Cemal Pasha Grandson succeeded the most difficult===
Mehmet Ali Birand
12:00, 22 September, 2012
YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 22, ARMENPRESS: Various Turkish intellectuals do
not cease talking about [[Cemal Pasha]] grandson book entitled ''1915.
Armenian Genocide ". As Armenpress reports Turk intellectual and
analyst [[Mehmet Ali Birand]] wrote an article in Turkish Milliyet daily
''Hasan Cemal wrote a book about the things one could not even utter
by words. In real he managed to do the most difficult. The book does
not urge whether the [[Genocide]] occurred or not. The book dwells on what
Hasan Cemal felt when learning about the Genocide''Birand stated,
The analyst speaks about the years when Armenian issue discussion was
banned in Turkish society and reportedly neither the state nor the
books did not dwell on the theme. In the words of the analyst "Agos"
weekly ex editor in chief, [[Hrant Dink]]'s murder became pivotal in
this case. Hrant Dink's assassination changed the mentality of an
important part of the people habiting in that country. It awoke the
people. Currently we are regarding 1915 events in different way''
Birand writes and states Cemal book mainly tells about this change.
The intellectual advises everybody to get the book and read it .
==Book on Armenian Genocide becomes bestseller in Turkey==
The prominent Turkish journalist Hasan Cemal’s recent book titled “1915: Armenian Genocide,” which was published last month, has become a bestseller in Turkey , Today’s Zaman daily’s columnist writes in his article.
The daily stresses that the author of this controversial book is the grandson of Cemal Pasha, a key figure in the Young Turk government. In his book, Hasan Cemal not only presented factual data on the tragedy, but, also, he spoke about how his personal views have changed and how he turned from a genocide denier to a recognizer.
“The book starts with the first column Hasan Cemal wrote on the topic on Feb. 18, 1985, largely loyal to the official view of Ankara, which maintains that the question has to do with ‘reciprocal massacres’ between Armenians and Muslims, and ends with the talk he gave at the University of California, Los Angeles on March 31, 2011, in which he recognized the ‘Armenian genocide,’” the columnist writes.
The book also quotes passages from Cemal Pasha’s memoirs published in Germany in 1919, in which Cemal Pasha—who is considered to be one of the organizers of the genocide—specifically claimed that, “The real blame [for the Genocide] is with the Russian policy which rascally incited them to attack each other [that is, the Armenians and the Turks].
Pointing to the fact that so far no prosecutions were launched in Turkey against the book’s author, or its publisher, Today’s Zaman states: “Turkey is moving on to leave no taboos unbroken on the other.”
“The late Hrant Dink, a prominent Turkish-Armenian journalist, who fell victim to a racist plot in 2007, said, ‘Neither denial nor recognition first, but cognition.’ I believe those words are still relevant,” Today’s Zaman’s columnist concluded in his article.
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