İstanbul Kültür University

Media Reporting Bus Tour

GPoT Center, Yerevan Press Club (YPC) and Internews Armenia organized a media reporting bus tour starting from Istanbul and ending in Yerevan between May 3-18, 2011. Journalists from Turkey and Armenia visited many historical places and had meetings with several NGOs and local political leaders.

Starting from Adana, the group visited Antakya, Şanlıurfa, Diyarbakır, Van and Kars by bus during the Turkey part of the tour. The journalists then crossed the Turkish-Georgian border and after changing buses, they moved to Akhaltsikhe. After spending one night in Georgia, the group crossed the Georgian-Armenian border and spent one night in each of the following cities: Gyumri, Alaverdi, Yerevan, Goris and Meghri. The group attended a meeting entitled "Armenia-Turkey Policy and Media Discussions" organized by GPoT in cooperation with YPC and EPF (the Eurasia Partnership Foundation) in Yerevan, which was the final destination of the bus tour participants.

The first visit of this diverse group of journalists was to the Çukurova Young Businessmen’s Association (CUGIAD) in Adana. In Antakya, the group had the chance to interview the leader of Vakıflıköy, the last remaining Armenian village in Turkey, as well to met with the president of the Hatay Youth Association. The group had a pleasant time at night by attending the rehearsal of Antakya Civilization Choir. One of the most interesting meetings was with the mayor of Diyarbakır, Osman Baydemir. Participants also met with the mayor of the Sur district of Diyarbakır, Abdullah Demirbaş. Besides these meetings, the group visited many historical sites in eastern Turkey, including old Armenian settlements.

In the Armenia part, the first stop was Gyumri, in which participants visited the Asparez Journalist Club. The journalists also visited families living in temporary shelters after the earthquake of 1988. One of the most interesting meetings for the journalists was with the Women Resource Center in Goris. They also visited several TV channels and had interviews with media representatives.

It was a very productive and instructive journey for both the Turkish and Armenian journalists, and also for the Georgian journalists whom accompanied the group for a few days. The journalists began writing their impressions and the historical and social background of the places they visited on the tour in articles set to appear in Star, Yeni Şafak, Radikal, Zaman, Taraf and Bianet.

List of articles written by the Turkish participants of the bus tour:

Ermenistan-Türkiye İlişkilerinde Normalleşme ve Medyada Temsili
May 23, 2011 | Bianet | By Burcu Ballıktaş

Tigran sen neden burada değilsin
May 24, 2011 | Star | By Mehmet Ali İzmir

Ermenistan'daki bütün yollar Anadolu'ya çıkıyor
May 25, 2011 | Star | By Mehmet Ali İzmir

Aslında dost olmak ne kolay!
May 27, 2011 | Radikal | By Hakkı Özdal

Kızım hatırlasın, torunum unutsun
May 26, 2011 | Taraf | By Özgün Özçer

Çin malı yerine Türk malı alıyoruz
May 27, 2011 | Taraf | By Özgün Özçer

Tarber teğer çnatsel eğbayr (Ayrı düşük kardeşim)
May 24, 2011 | Yeni Şafak | By Aysel Yaşa

Çiçekler açan anıt
May 28, 2011 | Taraf | By Özgün Özçer

Bir 'protokol' vardı ne oldu?

May 28, 2011 | Radikal | By Hakkı Özdal

Onlar gitti, biz eksik kaldık
May 29, 2011 | Radikal | By Hakkı Özdal

Barev Hayastan
June 1, 2011 | Bianet | By Burcu Ballıktaş

"Yolunuz Pamuk Olsun"
June 2, 2011 | Bianet | By Burcu Ballıktaş

Ermenistan'ın Diğer Yüzü
June 3, 2011 | Bianet | By Burcu Ballıktaş

Şimdi Masal Bitti!
June 4, 2011 | Yeni Şafak | By Aysel Yaşa

"Merhaba"nın Kudreti
June 7, 2011 | Bianet | By Burcu Ballıktaş

Güneş Doğmadan Dünya da Aydınlanmaz Elegez'de
June 13, 2011 | Star | By Mehmet Ali İzmir

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