The Sassoun massacre was already a reality, which is why, under pressure from the international community and after long negotiations at the suggestion of Great Britain, it was finally decided to create a commission of inquiry to study the events of Sassoun.
The commission consisted of diplomats from Britain, France and Russia and three Turkish representatives appointed by the Turkish government to disrupt the commission’s activities.
In the periodicals studied in this article, the activities of the Investigative Committee are covered mainly on the basis of publications in the Western and Russian press, which is probably due to the lack of own information. It is clear from these reports that the Turkish government constantly obstructed the activities of the commission. In order to hinder the work of the commission of inquiry and eliminate traces of the Sassoun massacre, the Turkish government first suppressed official documents relating to the massacre. The telegram from Zeki Pasha, the leader of the Sassoun massacres, which reported that 1720 people were killed in Sassoun last time, was also canceled by the higher order.
The Turkish government also banned foreign correspondents from entering Western Armenia, not only journalists from neutral newspapers, but also journalists defending the interests of the Ottoman Empire. There was a reason, Turkish authorities were confident that foreign journalists would not intentionally misrepresent what they saw and heard.
The newspaper “Le Marteau” in 1895, in number 1 also states: “It is with heavy hearts that we express that our warm and persistent efforts to obtain the right to enter Armenia for our special journalist in order to investigate impartially on the events of Sassoun have been in vain.” As an article sent by its own journalist about the activities of the commission, only the issue of the year 1895 of the newspaper “La Response” stands out, the material published in the issue of March 12, which the journalist sent from Mouch to the editorial office on February 23. The author of the article describes in detail the situation in Mouch and Sassoun before and after the arrival of the commission of inquiry.