YPC Weekly Newsletter

2001


JOURNALISTS OF ARMENIA, AZERBAIJAN AND TURKEY ON QUEST FOR MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING

As it has already been reported, on June 20-26 in Baku, Istanbul and Ankara meetings of Azerbaijan, Armenian and Turkish journalists were held (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, June 16-22, 2001). The journalists discussed different aspects of the relations between their countries. This program that includes round table discussions, visits to the editorial offices of newspapers and broadcasters is implemented by Yerevan Press Club and "Yeni Nesil" Journalists Union of Azerbaijan with the support of Open Society Institute Network Media Program. From the Turkish party the project was joined by Turkish Democracy Foundation and Diplomatic Journalists Association.  Six representatives of media and journalistic associations from each party participated in the meetings.

One of the main goals of the project is the discussion of the role of media in overcoming "the enemy image" and creation of favorable information climate to normalize the relations between the countries. During the round table discussions the speakers addressed such issues as "The Coverage of Historical and Modern Regional Problems in Media”, “From Conflict Mythologization to Objective Coverage of the Reality”, etc.

The third stage of the program will be realized in Yerevan in September, where, as participants have scheduled, specific ways of interaction among Azerbaijan, Armenian and Turkish journalists will be discussed.