Greek, Turkish Journalists Meet in Istanbul

Panel of senior Greek and Turkish reporters with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (center)

A panel of Greek and Turkish journalists has met in Istanbul to debate coverage of Greece and Greek issues from the former imperial capital.

‘Views of Istanbul Hellenism in the Modern Greek and Turkish Press’ was the topic of the event organized by the Greek Consulate.

The panel consisted of Murat Yetkin, director of Hurriyet Daily News; Mihalis Psilos, president and general director of the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (AMNA); Ozcan Tikit, Haberturk’s Foreign News Director; ANA correspondent Andreas Robopoulos; Mete Cubukcu, programmer producer and correspondent of NTV; and Mihalis Vasiliadis, director of the Istanbul-based Greek newspaper Apogevmatini.

They discussed changes in covering the news and in Turkish society, with the speakers referring to the range of views in the press, media coverage of the activities of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Fener plus developments in the treatment of “incendiary” issues, such as the ‘Istanbul pogrom’ which targeted Greeks in September 1955.

Monday’s meeting was also attended by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. AMNA President Mihalis Psilos said the event was being held at a particularly sensitive time, when the role of the press on both sides of the Aegean may prove to be critical.

Murat Yetkin and Robopoulos agreed that the Greek minority should be approached as equal citizens on the basis of their individual rights and freedoms. Only then, the participants noted, will the – admittedly improved – approach to the minority become more consistent and objective.

(Source: AMNA)