İstanbul Kültür University

Program in Dialogue-Building between Turkey and Armenia

The goal of the project is to deepen popular commitment for accord between Turkey and Armenia by expanding the quality, reach, and diversity of balanced, socially relevant commercial media content on common cultural, economic and political issues. The project achieves its goals through the following three objectives: increasing the production of multi-sourced media content; increasing information collection and dissemination of media content; and developing opportunities for emerging media professionals.

The four main activities of this project consist of

a) an exchange of six Turkish and Armenian film students, who are making short documentaries about Armenia and Turkey, respectively;

b) a bus reporting tour for Turkish and Armenian journalists in eastern Turkey, Georgia and Armenia that took place in May 2011;

c) various exchanges between print and television journalists from both countries;

d) the production of over a dozen television talk shows (“Gamurç/Köprü” broadcast on IMC TV in Turkey and “Yekragund” on Yerkir TV in Armenia) focusing on issues in Armenia-Turkey relations.

Partners/Sponsors:
  • Internews Network (California, USA)
  • Internews Armenia (Yerevan, Armenia)
  • Yerevan Press Club (Yerevan, Armenia)
  • CAM Film (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • United States Department of State Bureau for Democracy, Rights and Labor (DRL)

Dates: September 1, 2010 – December 31, 2011

Breaking the Ice: The Role of Civil Society and Media in Turkey-Armenia Relations by Susae Elanchenny & Narod Maraşlıyan evaluates the role of civil society organizations in advancing the normalization process between Turkey and Armenia over the past decade and presents the writings and reflections of the dozens of Turkish and Armenian journalists and students who participated in the project.

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