The global media this year covered the Armenian Genocide centenary comprehensively and widely. The international media corporations’ interest toward Armenia and the genocide issue began in early April with the Kardashians’ visit.
It continued with the comment Pope Francis made on the Armenian Genocide at mass in Vatican City — and Turkey’s subsequent reaction.
System of a Down’s April 23 concert in Yerevan, Barack Obama’s message, and then the April 24 commemoration and remembrance ceremonies with the participation of Putin and Hollande were the focus of the global media’s interest toward Armenia and Armenian issues.
The Guardian and The New York Times paid special attention to the Armenian Genocide. These two major news providers asked their readers to send their stories in advance, creating powerful multimedia pieces based on them for their audience.
Media coverage of the genocide was multilingual and presented different sides of the issue — events of the day, historical facts, and survivor testimonies.
On April 24, the Google Armenia homepage (Google.am) featured a black ribbon. While one of the global leaders in social media, Reddit, though not as popular in Armenia, included the tricolor Armenian flag behind its logo.
On April 25, “Armenian Genocide” was among the Top Stories on Google News — higher up on the list than “Gallipoli Campaign,” which was commemorated at the same time in Turkey.