International Workshops for Turkish and Israeli Journalists: Part I
The Forum for Contemporary Turkish Studies at VLJI considers the establishment of civil society networks between Turkey and Israel vital to improving relations between the two countries. The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute in partnership with the Global Political Trends Center (GPoT) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) organized a Turkish-Israeli bilateral workshop for journalists. The event took place on October 15-17, 2012 in Istanbul and Ankara. This was the first step of a joint project which aims to bring together journalists from both countries to discuss media bias and encourage fair reporting. The project also strives to create channels of dialogue between Turkish and Israeli societies during a difficult political period. In the first stage, our efforts focused on making the initial contacts between the participants and on raising topics related to freedom of expression and the flow of information in both countries. In Ankara, the Israeli delegation, comprising eight leading Israeli journalists and news editors, was exposed to various Turkish perspectives regarding the crisis between the countries. They learned about the current political environment in Turkey through encounters with political leaders and leading opinion molders.