Petition Against the Armenian Genocide Panel Discussion on PBS
Ms. Jacoba Atlas, Senior Vice President of PBS programming
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We are confident that the Armenian Genocide scholars will present a superb scholarly case, but we strongly feel that debating the Armenian Genocide is akin to arguing about the Jewish Holocaust in order to project a sense of balance. Would PBS ever contemplate such a program?
Turkish denials of the genocide are part of a state-sponsored policy of propaganda that serves only the interests of Turkey. The historical truth of the Armenian genocide has been established beyond reasonable doubt by abundant documentary and eye-witness evidence from thousands of sources. Furthermore, denialist views of genocide are already included in the film; thus the panel discussion would serve to emphasize the Turkish state's official position and undermine the non political nature of your programming.
Broadcasting the panel discussion may result in a substantial loss of support from viewers of PBS.
We the undersigned urge you not to approve the airing of the panel discussion.