BRUSSELS–The Armenian National Committee of FRANCE (CDCA-France)–European Armenian Federation (EAFJD) and the Armenian National Committee (ANCA) launched a worldwide campaign this week protesting TIME-Europe’s recent decision to disseminate a DVD advertisement which grossly mischaracterizes the Armenian Genocide. The advertisement–paid for by the Ankara Chamber of Commerce–is valued at $1 million.
The DVD–with content available in seven languages–was packaged as part of TIME-Europe’s June 6 issue–which included Turkish denial of the Armenian genocide–under pretense of tourism advertisement.
The magazine was distributed to 485,000 households and businesses. The European Armenian Federation–CDCA France and ANCA have urged people of good conscience around the world to send James Geary–Senior Editor at Time-Europe a free ANCA WebFax by visiting the EAFJD website:http://www.eafjd.org–or going directly to the following link: http://capwiz.com/anca/mail/compose/?mailid=7722236.
On Thursday–the European Armenian Federation requested a meeting with TIME-Europe publishers to discuss the issue.
In the request letter–the European Armenian Federation noted that the dissemination of "this State propaganda is just as unacceptable as having relayed a pro-Nazi or pro-apartheid advertisement." The letter stressed–that "genocide denial has nothing to do with freedom of speech" but is a "harsh attack on human dignity."
The Federation stated that that this act calls to "question both TIME’s credibility and the ethical principles which underlie its editorial line."