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Amberin Zaman (Economist and Haberturk)

Amberin Zaman has been writing on Turkey-Armenia relations and the Armenian minority in Turkey for many years. She has also lived in Yerevan

For her articles in Haberturk:

"Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation: Lots of Gloom but Not All Doom", March 16, 2010



Yavuz Baydar (Sabah and Today's Zaman)

Baydar has been writing on Turkey-Armenia relations for many years. He has visited Armenia numerous times and participated in Turkish-Armenian exchange programmes for journalists. He also hosts a TV show on atv.

"Sarksyan and Erdogan: What to do now?" (12 April 2010)




Etyen Mahcupyan (Taraf, Agos, Today's Zaman)

Etyen Mahcupyan, an academic and journalist, is one of the most prominent Turkish Armenians. He belongs to the small group of Catholic Armenians. Mahcupyan has been a columnist since 1997 when he started to write for Radikal. Since 2001 he also writes for Zaman. After the assassination of Hrant Dink he became the editor-in-chief of Agos in February 2007. He also writes a column for Taraf.

Articles in Taraf:

"The Armenian issue in the election year" (26 March 2010)

Mahcupyan is the author of several books. In 2005 he published the autobiographical book "The Other within Us" (Icimizdeki Öteki).


Markar Esayan (Taraf)

Esayan wrote for Agos from 1997 until 2008 when he became a columnist with Taraf. Esayan is also the author of two books. His most recent, "Encounter" (Karsilasma), a book about the memory of 1915, was published in 2007.

Esayan also participates in numerous Turkey-Armenia projects and events. On 19 November 2009 he wrote about a Yerevan workshop on rapprochement: Türkiye-Ermenistan iliskileri ve Udi Yervant ("Turkey Armenia relations and Udi Yervant"),

Esayan's articles for Taraf:



Aris Nalci (Agos)

Aris Nalci got his start at Agos 13 years ago, still as a university student. He is currently an editor and a columnist. Nalci participated in several Turkish-Armenian journalist exchange projects.



Cengiz Candar (Radikal)

Cengiz Candar is a veteran Turkish journalist. Since 1976 he has worked for several newspapers and agencies. He is currently a columnist for Radikal; his articles are also published in Hurriyet and Referans. Candar has been to Armenia several times and closely follows Turkey-Armenia relations.

For a list of his articles: and



Leyla Tavsanoglu (Cumhuriyet)

Leyla Tavsanoglu is an experienced journalist with daily Cumhuriyet. Known for her insightful interviews, she talked with Tigran Mykrtchan about the protocols on 3 November 2009: "The name Karabagh was not even mentioned".

On 3 June 2010 she spoke at a conference organized by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation on Turkey-Armenia rapprochement,




Mehmet Ali Birand (Posta, Kanal D)

Mehmet Ali Birand is one of the most visible journalists and foreign policy experts in Turkey. Birand has lived around 20 years abroad, mostly in Brussels where he worked for daily Milliyet. In 1991 he returned to Turkey. He is currently a columnist for daily Posta and an anchorman at TV channel Kanal D, which runs a joint news service with CNN Turk. At Kanal D, he also co-hosts 32. gün (the 32nd Day), the station's main news programme, broadcast once a week.

Birand has also worked and published on Turkey-Armenia relations, recently on 23 April 2010: "Sarkisyan, hem Erdogan'i hem de protokolleri kurtardi" (Sarkisyan saved both Erdogan and the protocols),

All of his articles for Posta:


Hurriyet Daily News:

Details about 32. Gun and videos of recent programmes:


Erdal Guven (Radikal)

Erdal Guven is a columnist at Radikal. He is an expert on the Cyprus issue but also covers Turkey-Armenia relations. Guven has been to Armenia 5 times from 1994 until 2010, when he travelled to Yerevan with a group of Turkish journalists. He wrote about the trip in his column on 30 March 2010: "Protokoller icin cöküsten önce son cikis" (Last exit for the protocols before failure)

All of his articles for Radikal:


Omer Taspinar (Sabah and Today's Zaman)

Omer Taspinar is the Turkey project director at the Brookings Institute. He is also professor at the National War College and adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. Taspinar is a columnist for daily Sabah and Today's Zaman, focusing on foreign policy issues including Turkey-Armenia relations. Some of his recent examples include "Turkish-Armenian Stalemate" (11 February 2010) and "Turkish-Armenian traumas" (12 October 2009), as well as "Protokolleri komadan cikarma formülü" (Formula to get the protocols out of the coma, 28 December 2009).

All of his articles chronologically collected:


Abdulhamit Bilici (Cihan News Agency, Zaman, Today's Zaman)

Abdulhamit Bilici is the general director of Cihan News Agency and a columnist for Zaman and Today's Zaman. Bilici mainly writes on foreign policy issues. Some of his recent articles on Turkey-Armenia relations include "Normalization with Armenian surrealism?" (17 April 2010), and "Does Armenia want a solution?" (2 February 2010),




Semin Gumusel (Newsweek)

Semin Gumusel is a foreign policy journalist at Newsweek Turkey, responsible for the "world news" section. She has been writing regularly on Turkey-Armenia relations and conducted several interviews with Armenian politicians, including Ter-Petrosyan (12 January 2008)

On 7 March 2010, Gumusel and Afsin Yurdakul wrote the cover story about the Armenian Diaspora,

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Hasan Cemal (Milliyet)

Hasan Cemal is the grand child of Cemal Pasha, one of the three generals (together with Enver and Talat) who ruled the Ottoman Empire from 1913 onwards. Cemal Pasha is widely seen to be responsible for the government's domestic and foreign policies, including the Armenian genocide. After World War I Cemal fled abroad, in 1922 he was assassinated by Stepan Dzaghigian in Tbilisi.

Hasan Cemal has been a journalist since 1969. He worked for Cumhuriyet and Sabah before joining Milliyet more than 10 years ago. In recent years he has written on Turkey-Armenia relations and visited on several occasions Yerevan.

On 24 April 2010 he entitled his column "I am sharing the Armenians' pain of 24 April"

"Some can call these pages of history forced emigration, some tragedy, some massacre, some genocide, some big catastrophe. But it cannot be denied."

Cemal remembered in the column his feelings when in September 2008 he put three whtite karanfil to the Genocide Memorial in Yerevan thinking about Hrant Dink and to show respect to the sorrows of the others: "Both as an individual and as a state we finally have to share the 24 April pain of the Armenians."

His columns at Milliyet in chronological order:



Yonca Poyraz Doğan (Today's Zaman)

Yonca Poyraz Doğan has been writing on Turkey-Armenia relations and relations between Turks and Armenians. She also covers minorities in Turkey including Armenians. She visited Armenia many times and participated in exchange programs for journalists in Armenia.


August 2010

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