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Media Release:
The Light Millennium
E-mail: contact@lightmillennium.org or
Date: March 3, 2004

The Fourth Emerging Power in the Middle East
Redefining the Turkish Media's Role & Future 

A Conference & Power Point Presentation

Date: On Friday, *April 2, 2004 - Time: 7:00 PM

Introduction/hosted by: Prof. Edward Foster
Kidde Building (central campus), Kidde lecture hall, 228 Kidde
Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, New Jersey
For more information:
(201) 216-5399
From Manhattan: New Jersey PATH Trains to Hoboken.

Event Producer: Bircan Ünver
Organized by
: The Light Millennium
Cosponsored by:
Stevens Institute of Technology
Humanities and Social Sciences
Imperatore School of Sciences and Arts

For Turkish Media Release

As Turkey prepares to join the EU, Turkish media enjoys the freedom of press extended in line with the Copenhagen criteria and the incredible diversity it presents in a region where voice of the government usually suppresses others.

In conjunction to the preparatory process of joining the EU, Turkey's role and importance have been increased more than ever since September 11 in this region, as well as in the US and worldwide.

This conference aims to contribute to the Turkish Media's recognition in the US, its potential and proliferation in Turkey, the Middle East, the Turkic Countries, and its incorporations with the Western Media. It will also aim at redefining its new role, potential, and importance in terms of seeking an answer to the following question: How can the Turkish Media contribute for the solutions of Middle Eastern problems?

Nuri M. Çolakoglu states related, "Redifining the Turkish Media's Role" that:
Turkish media has a 150 year old history that began with the westernization and modernization movement in the Ottoman Empire. With the proclamation of republic in 1923 first in a country with a mainly Moslem population media started developing faster.

Introduction of multi party system in 1946 enlarged the limits of press freedom and this gained enormous momentum asTurkey is poised to gain accession to the European Union. In order to meet theCopenhagen criteria Turkish parliament is weeding out all the limitations on the freedom of expression, lifting the ban on broadcasting and publishing in languages other than Turkish – ei Kurdish.

Today Turkey with 21 nationwide, 15 regional and 220 local TV stations, 22 nationwide distributed daily newspapers, hundreds of magazines is the most colorful, most exciting media environments in a region stretching from the Balkans to India. And this multi-angled approach is helping Turkey to consolidate its democracy and overcome the taboos of the past.

A Brief Profile of Nuri M. ÇOLAKOGLU:

Nuri M. ÇOLAKOGLU, the Chairman & CEO of the New Media Company TV & Advertisement Co., the Broadcast and Print Media Coordinator at Dogan Media Group, and the General Director of ANS International/Dogan Media Group in Istanbul.

Nuri M. Çolakoglu graduated from the Robert College high school in Istanbul, Turkey. He then received his BA degree in International Relations at the Faculty of Political Sciences of Ankara University. He has been working as a professional journalist and broadcaster since 1965.

He began his career in the public broadcaster, TRT's (Turkish Radio Television) newsroom. He continued to work as the foreign editor of a local news agency and served as stringer to German news agency DPA, Swedish Television and German radio WDR. Furthermore, he worked in London at the BBC World Service between 1980-1986. Afterwards, he was appointed as the news editor of a leading Turkish daily newspaper, Milliyet.

Since 1989, Mr. Çolakoglu has been involved solely with television. He was appointed as the Deputy General Manager of the public broadcaster TRT. He also launched Show TV which is the second private TV in Turkey (1992); then launched Cine 5 - the only pay-TV in Turkey (1993). He hosted political debate shows. In a critical political period for Turkey, he launched Turkey’s first news channel NTV, and afterwards initiated the broadcasting of CNBC-e in a partnership with CNBC. In October 2001, Mr. Çolakoglu became the General Manager of CNN-Turk based in Istanbul, Turkey. Today, he is the Broadcast and Print Media Coordinator at Dogan Media Group, and the President of ANS International, the production company of the group.

Mr. Çolakoglu is also the major partner and the CEO of the Intermedia International Communication Co., founded in 1989, and NMC, New Media Company TV & Advertisement Co., founded in July 2000.

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Mr. Çolakoglu is very well-versed on the Turkish media as well as the international media and international political affairs. For this reason, he is one of the top profiles who represent the Turkish media and politics in an international arena with both executive and representative levels. Mr. Çolakoglu will come to the USA at the end of March in order to give conferences at Duke University and Washington, DC before and after his conferences at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, on April 2, 2004, Friday 7:00 PM.

Mr. Çolakoglu had given a conference (organized by MIM) on TV in Turkey in March 2000 at the Turkish House, and his conference had received an immense amount of attention at that time. For more information on the TV in Turkey event, please visit:

TV in Turkey, p.1 &
TV in Turkey, p2

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Two other aspects of the conference:

This conference will be video-taped for the Light Millennium TV series (LMTV); and based on the event, it will be produced for a 28 minutes television program to be aired under the LMTV series as a monthly program which is scheduled on the second week of each month at Queens Public Television (http://www.qptv.org).

For LMTV Programs (videography) at QPTV: Channel #34, Monday at 9:30 PM, and also on the same channel, Tuesday at 1:00 PM.

Also, the full content of the conference will be e-published on the Light Millennium's e-platform in the next issue. We aim to make available the content of the conference for all students, researchers, and interested professionals globally.

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

About the Stevens Institute of Technology:

Founded in 1870 in Hoboken, NJ, Stevens is one of the leading technological universities in the country. It offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.

Unique to Stevens is its educational environment, called Technogenesis®, where students, faculty, and industry jointly nurture new technologies from concept to marketplace realization.(http://www.stevens.edu/main/home/)

About The Light Millennium:

The Light Millennium / Isik Binyili is an alternative multi-media platform that publishes ideas and experiences freely (without any censorship, within the publishing policy of the organization) in order to foster a global positive energy and connection among all peoples by encouraging intellectual productivity and communication.

The Light Millennium is a public benefit organization, and incorporated on July 17, 2001 with status #501 ( c ) (3) based in New York. For more information: About The Light Millennium

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*Please note that the conference date has changed from April 6 to April 2.

-- Updated on March 23, 2003

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