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France: ‘Armenian genocide’ bill threatens freedom of expression

Headline Title:  France: ‘Armenian genocide’ bill threatens freedom of expression 24 January 2012 A bill passed by the French Senate yesterday would violate freedom of expression by making it a criminal offence to publicly question events termed as “genocide” under French law, Amnesty International said today.In 2001, a French law officially declared that the mass killings and forced displacement of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1915 constituted a genocide.The new bill would impose up to a one-year jail sentence and/or a €45,000 fine on anyone found guilty of “outrageously” questioning…

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