30 October 2011, Sunday, 14:12

The II media forum of Turk countries has taken place in Baku

author: Alik Shakirov

The II media forum of Turk countries “The factor of Turk-speaking countries in the globalizing world: distinctions and common interests” was held in the capital of Azerbaijan – Baku – on October 28-29.

The first forum has taken place in December 2010 in Ankara and only several countries took part in it – Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Kirghizia . The last forum gathered plenty of Turk-speaking countries and regions fr om all over the world. Along with the abovementioned countries the representatives of Turk-speaking regions from Russia were invited too – Bashkortostan, Tatarstan, Tuva, Yakutia, Khakassia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachai-Cherkess plus the journalists from Gagauzia (Moldova), the Crimean-Tatar news agency, Northern Cyprus, Kosovo, Macedonia and Northern Trakia (Greece). About 300 delegates and guests have taken part in the forum in a whole. The deputy Plenipotentiary of Bashkortostan in Moscow Shamil Tikeev and the deputy editor-in-chief of the news agency “Bashinform” Alik Shakirov – the author of this article – presented Republic of Bashkortostan in Baku.

Before the beginning of the forum its participants have visited the memorial complex  Fakhri Kiabanu, wh  they laid flowers to the grave of the Azerbaijan's national leader Geidar Aliev. Further the participants of the forum have revered the memory of the victims of the devastating earthquake in Turkey, taking the lives of more than 400 people away, with the silence minute. The forum was headed by the chairman of Azerbaijan's Press Council Aflatun Amashov. Further the messages of welcome of the leaders of the Turk countries – the participants of the forum – have been read out.

After that the head of the department for public-political issues under the Administration of the President of Azerbaijan Ali Gasanov has taken the floor. He said that representatives of mass-media played great role in uniting of the Turk-speaking countries. But Turk-speaking mas-media should unite themselves first, making a unified informational space and joint inter-state professional structure – the platform, on which they can coordinate their activity.

“All of us have common Turk roots, one religion and common goals” — Ali Gasanov said — “I believe that we have to establish a joint Turk TV-channel as well as a joint internet-portal”.

All proposals were included into the forum's resolution. In unanimous opinion of its participants the forum should be held every year and it is decided to hold the next media forum in the capital of Kirghizia – Bishkek in 2012.