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07/12/2021 Turkey (International Christian Concern) –  YouTube removed a video of Erdogan’s Communications Director, Fahrettin Altun, for “hate speech” against Armenians. The video in question was a recording of Altun’s speech given at an event to remember the assassinations of Turkish diplomats from the 1970s and 1980s by the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia. The event, the Martyr Diplomats Exhibition, was held on April 24 in Istanbul and in Los Angeles, the same day as the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.

Altun responded to YouTube’s removal of the video by accusing the company of hypocrisy. He said in a tweet that YouTube, “ignores hate speeches against Islam and Muslims and easily opens up space for the terrorist organizations’ smear campaign.” He continued on saying, “we have seen once again that we need indigenous and national platforms in the field of media and communication, as we need in every field.”

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