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Türkiye’s communications director highlights nation’s leadership, media vision at Anadolu’s forum

Türkiye’s Communications Director Fahrettin Altun on Wednesday emphasized the country’s leadership potential and media vision during his speech at Anadolu’s headquarters in Ankara.

Speaking at a forum titled “Reporter: Rethinking Journalism in the Digital Era,” organized by Anadolu, Altun highlighted the significant progress the Turkish global news agency has made in recent years, positioning itself as a leader in journalism and news broadcasting.

He cited the forum as a prime example of these efforts, as well as the launch of the new edition of Anadolu’s Reporter book, which aims to meet the expectations of journalism professionals and communication faculty members alike.

“The updated version of the Reporter book is the product of years of work,” Altun said, recalling his contributions as an academic years ago.

He expressed hope that the book and the forum, alongside a new agreement between Anadolu and Ankara University, would prove beneficial.

He also addressed the global media landscape, saying, “We see that many established Western media organizations have largely begun to take social media as their source of information and have turned their platforms into rapidly changing bulletin boards instead of data journalism.

“However, rest assured that this is a process that our country’s established media organizations are resisting and trying to resist. Today, we are very pleased to witness our established media organizations making serious efforts to combine their accumulated knowledge and institutional capacities from the past with innovations that meet the requirements of today’s media and journalism sector,” he added.

“Anadolu and public broadcaster TRT, among our leading media institutions, not only produce high-quality journalism but also serve as the voice of global conscience,” Altun stressed.

Mobilizing international public opinion

He mentioned the recent launch of books and documentaries that highlight Israel’s genocide in Gaza, underscoring their role in documenting and fighting for truth and justice.

Speaking about Türkiye’s diplomatic efforts under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Altun highlighted the dual approach of stopping Israel’s genocide in Gaza and documenting war crimes to mobilize international public opinion.

He praised the vital role Turkish journalists are playing in conflict zones, risking their lives in conflict zones to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis.

“In places like Gaza, our reporters work under extreme conditions, often without basic amenities, to report on atrocities,” Altun said, emphasizing that their work not only documents war crimes but also encourages the global community to take action.

He highlighted the country’s efforts to ensure an immediate and fair resolution to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, pointing out that Turkish journalists’ fair and credible reporting has opened doors previously inaccessible to other media organizations.

“Türkiye’s vision for a just world, championed by President Erdogan, is exemplified by our journalists in conflict zones,” the communications director added.

The forum also shed light on Ankara’s proactive role in environmental issues, with initiatives like the Zero Waste Project leading global efforts.

Altun praised the media’s role in promoting such causes, noting Anadolu’s Green Line, an editorial unit to raise awareness about climate change and environmental issues, as a global success in journalism.

He emphasized the critical relationship between technological advancements and media transformation, noting that while technology offers great opportunities, it also brings challenges like disinformation.

He underscored the role of trustworthy media institutions in combating disinformation through quality journalism.

“Correct journalism is valuable, high-quality, and a product of effort,” he said, calling for a mobilization to produce technologies and brands in communication and media, highlighting Anadolu’s efforts in artificial intelligence as crucial.

Regardless of technological advancements in journalism, he stressed that one principle remains unchanged: journalism is primarily about pursuing truth, fighting for truth, discovering reality, and conveying truth.

He emphasized that journalism should always aim to enlighten the public, serve the public good, and help shape public opinion.