I finally found some good evidence showing that someone like Cenk Uygur cannot publicly say the Armenian genocide happened. Professor Halil Berktay of Istanbul’s Sabanci University has said that there was an Armenian genocide. He’s gone through a lot for saying it. This article online on the website Asbarez dated August 30, 2016 titled, “After Coup Attempt, Turkish Scholar Boldly Speak on Armenian genocide”: http://asbarez.com/154471/after-coup-attempt-turkish-scholar-boldly-speaks-on-armenian-genocide/ Here’s part of the article: “Berktay, a liberal Turkish scholar, told El Pais that he has repeatedly recognized the Armenian Genocide ever since 2002. He described the genocide as “the near-complete extermination and annihilation of Ottoman Armenians.” acknowledged that for his honest views on the Armenian Genocide, “especially before 2002, and even afterwards (though no longer by the government), there has been a huge amount of informal, extra-legal pressure, blackmail, threats or other forms of psychological terror brought to bear on people like me, which I and others have all had to face.” I wish he went into more details about what he has gone through.
I needed to see this evidence, which I found on Google(FINALLY). Now I see that that Young Turks employee back in October on Twitter was on the level with me. He’s the one who told that Cenk would be banned from entering Turkey if he said the Armenian genocide happened or if he was allowed into Turkey then the Turkish govt would have him arrested on a bullshit charge(Cenk is technically still a citizen of Turkey). Erdogan has thrown fits with many people in the media/reporters in many countries for offending him and him saying they were lying or whatever. HE would go crazy on Cenk if Cenk said the Armenian genocide happened. HE would definitely throw a public fit about it. The Turkish government has been harsh on their own journalists and someone told me that the journalists who have been arrested said things far more tame than saying the Armenian genocide happened. The TYT employee or the TYT fan on Twitter also told me back at that time in October on a Twitter thread that Cenk’s family in Turkey would be harassed if Cenk said the Armenian genocide happened. Another separate TYT employee said on another social media site in private that Cenk’s family would get hurt if Cenk said the Armenian genocide happened ( I think he meant his family in Turkey). I’m sure these people who would hurt or harass Cenk’s family must be Turkish nationalists. So Cenk is really in a bind and he has to keep his mouth shut if he truly does believe the Armenian genocide happened.
I guess it’s possible that Cenk doesn’t believe the Armenian genocide happened. Yet he could never say it happened anyways. I think people just have to give this guy a break due to these circumstances. No one would want Cenk to go through blackmail, threats or other forms of psychological terror. No one would want Cenk’s family hurt or harassed in Turkey (and maybe in the States too, cause there are Turkish Nationalists in the States I believe). It’s just not worth the risk for Cenk. I think more people need to know this and get off Cenk’s back for this one.