On the 16th of April the director of digital library Armenianhouse.org Karen Vrtanesyan was the guest of Faculty of Journalism studentship. The meeting was on The Armenian-Turkish relations: aspects of information propaganda. The meeting was organized by the Club of young journalists and SSS of the faculty.
Karen has studied the anti-Armenian propaganda carried out by Turkey and Azerbaijan for many years, focusing on its various manifestations. He spoke about a few theses that are used against us, influence our audience.
Some people believe that the Turks are the same as 100 years ago: uneducated barbarians. However, Karen says that perhaps in the villages of the eastern regions of Turkey (Western Armenia), inhabited by Kurds, civilization is below the lowest level. Meanwhile, in the capital of Turkey there are enough strong universities that can compete with international universities; they invite foreign skilled professionals who become good friends of Turkey in the process of cooperation. The Turks are also actively working towards the opening of Turkish schools abroad.
They are accustomed to present themselves very well abroad. And this all means that Turkey currently is more dangerous enemy for us than 100 years ago. Maybe their standard of living has changed, but the attitude towards us remains unchanged. It must be remembered that the friendship between nations is impossible, because each of them defends its own interests, which often do not coincide, - said Karen Vrtanesyan.
He, as a specialist in this area, is very interested in the viewpoints of students on the policy of Turkey, carried out against us. Some of our students, who had visited this country or had ever dealt with the Turks, talked about their impressions and attitudes.
Karen also noted that some journalists sometimes play in a game of freedom or objective journalism, thus endangering the national and state interests.
This and previous meetings have proved that the lack of information warfare, lack of knowledge is equivalent to suicide for journalists, - said in the end of the meeting a student of YSU Faculty of Journalism Ovsanna Gevorgyan.