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Newsline: Turkish embassy tries to muzzle Swedish media

The Turkish embassy in Stockholm tried to bring pressure to bear over a TV4 documentary, according to TV4’s programme director, Viveka Hansson. Hansson, in a statement on the T4 website, said that she had been sent an e-mail by Arif Gulen, the press officer at the Turkish embassy, asking her to “reconsider the decision” to broadcast a documentary tonight about the slaughter by the Ottoman Empire of Armenians and other minorities that occurred during the First World War. Turkey has long rejected claims that the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 should be classified as a genocide. Hansson dismissed the request out of hand. “We can never accept this. We will protest against any attempt to exert pressure that threatens freedom of expression.,” Hansson said.


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