Today is May 3, World Press Freedom Day. In Turkey, where crackdown on media is increasing day by day, 159 journalists are currently in jail and almost 2,500 journalists are unemployed. Press organizations from Turkey and other countries released solidarity messages on the occasion of May 3.
European Commissioner Johannes Hahn, who oversees EU membership bids, spoke to Reuters about Turkey during EU Foreign Ministers Meeting. Stating that “Turkey's EU dream is over for now", Hahn said that a new model based on "trade and security ties" is being discussed.
American Armenian scholar Ronald Grigor Suny, a prominent Soviet historian, attended the commemoration event held in Taksim on April 24. He wrote his observations of the commemoration and assessed the message of US President Trump and Turkish President Erdoğan.
Historian Taner Akçam decpihred the telegram by executive of Teşikilat-ı Mahsusa (Secret Organization) and Commitee of Union and Progress Bahaettin Şakir dated July 4, 1915. The telegram is about coordination of deportation and annihilation of Armenians. The letterhead on the telegram proves that it is indeed original.
In Paphos city of Cyprus, Armenian Genocide Park will be opened.
On April 25, Parliament of Czech Republic unanimously recognized Armenian Genocide.
PACE (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe) voted for reopening political monitoring procedure for Turkey. Turkey had passed this procedure in 2004.
On the occasion of 102nd anniversary of Armenian Genocide, people came together in Taksim and staged a silent sit-in. They commemorated the victims of Armenian genocide with Armenian laments, calling for confrontation.
The first April 24 commemoration event on the occasion of 102nd anniversary of Armenian Genocide was held in front of Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum located in Sultanahmet district of Istanbul.