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The Fourth Emerging Power in the Middle East:
Redefining the Turkish Media`s Role & Future...

 

INTRODUCTION by Prof. Edward FOSTER

Prof. Edward FOSTER


A conference titled as, "The Fourth Emerging Power in the Middle East: Redefining the Turkish Media`s Role & Future" by Nuri M. ÇOLAKOGLU, was organized by Light Millennium, a not-for- profit Organization in tandem with the Stevens Institude of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey on April 2, 2004.


For the presentation by Nuri M. ÇOLAKOGLU
The Turkish Parliament
enlarged the view and power of Turkish Media>>>


It is possible in Turkey today to turn on the TV at 8:00 at night or 2:00 in the morning and find a discussion among academics, intellectuals, artists on issues somewhat more serious than we might find in the best television offers here, _The Sopranos_, say, or _Six Feet Under_. Last August when a group of people from this university were in Istanbul, one of us, an instructor of Turkish studies, was interviewed on television and subjected to a very intense hour and a half of  questions about his perceptions of American and Turkish political and economic relations. Perhaps something of that sort might happen here if the person to be interviewed were Rice or Powell with the opinions of others, if given at all, reduced to brief sound bites. The issue on this side of things seemed to be more involved with power than intelligent opinion. So there is much to be said about the Turkish media, at least within the last few years, as a high-water mark for any country that professes the free exchange of ideas. This was not always so, but this is how it seems at this moment.

I remember the first year I lived in Turkey in 1978. There was black and white television a few hours a night and much of it was not very interesting. Today on the other hand, as tonight's speaker told me earlier, there are seven channels alone devoted to 24- hour news.

Everyone here, I assume, knows who Nuri Çolakoglu is and knows his considerable role in Turkish media as one particularly well-positioned to ensure the free expression and exchange of ideas. I quote from a news release about tonight's event: "Çolakoglu is the coordinator of Print Media and TV at Dogan Media Group in Istanbul, which is a major force in Turkish Media. He also serves as a General Director of ANS International, the Production Company of that group. He is also the Founder, Chairman and the CEO of New Media Company TV & Advertisement Company; an independent production company specialized in corporate promotion. He was involved in launch of six private channels during the last decade. In 2001 he became the General Manager of CNN-Turk based in Istanbul." The release goes on to say, "Mr. Çolakoglu noted that recent years have brought increasing freedom to Turkish Media. Efforts to meet European standards as Turkey moves towards member and European Union have fostered great changes." He has also quoted to saying, "The  Turkish parliament is weeding out limitations on freedom of expression, this is helping Turkey consolidate its democracy and overcome the taboos of the past."

Briefly, before Mr Çolakoglu starts his speech, let me add two quick notes. First I would like to mention that this event is co-sponsored by the Light Millennium, the enormously ambitious and productive organization directed by Bircan Ünver, who really should be doing this introduction as everyone here must know. Turkish/American goodwill owes her a tremendous debt of gratitude. She is a true incarnation of whatever is best in relations between the two countries. Tonight's talk is the first in the series of events to be coordinated by this university and the Light Millennium.

The other sponsor is of course the Stevens Turkish Program, one of only sixteen in this country. The director of this program, David Cuthell, unfortunately has personal obligations this evening that prevent him from being present. Our President Dr. Harold J. Raveché would also be here if possible but it happens that at this very moment he is in a plane on his way to Istanbul to make possible further ties between this university and Turkey. Among other things, he will be working on are plans for a major Turkish/American conference to be held at this university from May 12 to May14 involving a great number of distinguished Turkish and American political, business, academic, and cultural figures. This conference will be free and open to the public.

With this let me turn the microphone over to Mr. Çolakoglu. Given its reputation and place in the world Stevens is frequently host to remarkable man and woman but it will be difficult I believe to find a guest as remarkable and as welcome as he.

For the presentation by Nuri M. ÇOLAKOGLU
The Turkish Parliament
enlarged the view and power of Turkish Media>>>


About Prof. Edward FOSTER

Formerly the poetry editor of MultiCultural Review, Edward Foster is the founding editor of Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, Talisman House, Publishers, and Jensen/Daniels, Publishers. A professor of English and American literature at Stevens, he is a former visiting professor at Drew University Graduate Faculty and Beykent University (Istanbul) and was a Fulbright lecturer at Haceteppe University in Ankara, Turkey, and at the University of Istanbul. The co-director of the Russian/American Cultural Exchange Program, he has been the recipient of various grants and awards from Columbia University, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the USIA arts program, the New Jersey Historical Commission, Choice, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Fulbright Commision, the Greve Foundation, and the Fund for Poetry. He is a widely published essayist and poet, and his poetry has been translated into, and published in, many languages. For further information:, see the Directory of American Scholars, Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Authors: New Revision Series, The Writers Directory, The International Writers and Authors Who's Who, and Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series.
For more information: http://www.stevens.edu/humanities/People/Faculty/Edward_Foster/index.html


--Media Release of the conference - April 10, 2004

- Turkish media executive Çolakoglu to speak at Stevens

http://www.stevensnewsservice.com/pr/pr411.htm


--Announcement of the conferencey by Light Millennium: March 3, 2004

   
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