In the wake of the mass killings of Armenians in 1915, newspapers in Greece and other countries, including the United States, banned articles about the genocide in their publications.
The bans are still in place in Turkey, where most Greek newspapers still carry the original articles, as do the ones published in Turkey.
Greek journalist Andreas Tsirpis, a columnist for the conservative newspaper Kathimerini, has been writing articles in Greek and Turkish on the genocide for nearly two decades.
In an interview with VICE News, Tsirpyis said he has received threats to his life since his articles were banned in Turkey because of their “negative” portrayal of the genocide.
“In Turkey, if you’re talking about the Armenian genocide, you have to be careful of what you say,” he said.
“If you talk about the ethnic cleansing of the Armenians, they’re going to kill you.”
Turkish journalists, who were not allowed to visit the mass graves in 1915 but were allowed to document the deaths of Armenian civilians, have said the ban was designed to prevent the publication of a “revisionist history” about the killings.
“The Turkish government has been doing this for a long time,” said Anatolios Giannakopoulos, a professor of Armenian history at the University of Athens.
“They’ve been making it a priority to censor these issues.”
In the first two years of his career, Tsirkpyis has written articles on Armenian genocide that were banned from Turkish newspapers.
He said he had no intention of returning to Turkey in the future.
“I’m a journalist, I’m not an activist,” he told VICE News.
“What I’m doing is exposing what happened and it’s my duty to expose it.”