Yerevan and Istanbul

Go Group 
is the media organization working in the Caucasus

Mission participants

Anaid Gogoryan,  "Chegemskaya Pravda" newspaper
Sofo Bukia, "Liberali"magazine
Goga Aptsiauri, Radio "Liberty"
Irina Kelekhsaeva, Tskhiinval/i Television

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the Faults

The journalistic expeditions arranged by the GO Group Media to the regions of concern, offer a simple way to contribute to the solution of the complicated problem of society dissociation. The only way to understand each other is to know each other. Journalists from the leading newspapers, news agencies, radio and television channels from across the Caucasus region usually join us in such expeditions. The articles and reports they write and broadcast after wards tell thousands of people about the problems, ideas and hopes of those who speak different language, live according to different traditions, but still are the citizens of the same region. Therefore, such expeditions create some kind of a channel of communication between various communities and ethnic groups within the Caucasus multinational society; they let people know each other and also contribute to overcoming of mutual detachment and tensions the sole reason of which is often a simple lack of knowledge.


The Armenian-Turkish controversies became the aim of the recent journalistic expedition organized by the Go Group Media and financed by the Eurasia Foundation in Armenia. Four journalists - Abkhazian, Georgian and South Ossetian – went to Armenia and Turkey for almost two weeks to get a boots-on-the-ground insight into the two nations’ current mutual perceptions and to see how their recent experience of trying to end their century-old feud could be applied to the conflict developments in the South Caucasus.What happened in 1915 still remains a hotly disputed subject. Armenia, along with the Armenian Diaspora, accuses the then Ottoman rulers of carrying out genocide.  Turkey disputes the charge, saying that a few hundred thousand died and that the deaths occurred in a civil war in which many Turks were also killed. The decades-long debate over the use of the word ‘genocide’ has twisted into bargaining.Several lessons have been learned during the investigation. One of them is that if Armenia and Turkey succeeded in normalization of mutual relationship and opened the border closed for almost one hundred years, it would influence the entire South Caucasus region. However, conversations with Armenian and Turkish experts, journalists and locals indicated that the expected normalization of the relationships between the two countries stalled and, what is more, preventing of the further deterioration was seen crucial. Another lesson learned is that the international community needs to be involved more actively to help to break the regional deadlock.While planning this research together with the Eurasia Foundation in Armenia, we called it ‘Building Interactive Dialogue between Peoples in the Region’. It happened even literally as the Abkhazian-Georgian-South Ossetian team joined the Armenian-Turkish group of journalists for the three last days of the mission. The latter were traveling together across two countries with the similar aim - to begin to better understand the ‘other’ side. This research of the Go Group Media seeks to present and explain the Armenian-Turkish problems to Georgian and especially Abkhazian and South Ossetian societies, which critically lack the knowledge and understanding of these particularly powerful developments in the Caucasus region.

GO Group Media pays the special thanks to Internews Armenia and Yerevan Press Club for the invaluable help in organising this journalistic mission.


Publications by the mission participants

Joint journey of journalists from conflict zones
Goga Aptsiauri, Radio Liberty
აფხაზი, ოსი და ქართველი ჟურნალისტები თურქ და სომეხ კოლეგებს თურქეთის ქალაქ დიარბაქირში შევუერთდით. კავკასიელ ჟურნალისტებს ერთად უნდა გვემოგზაურა და გვემუშავა. არასამთავრობო ორგანიზაცია  „გოუ ჯგუფის“ ორგანიზებით, აფხაზი, ოსი და ქართველი ჟურნალისტები ჯერ ვიმყოფებოდით ერევანში, სადაც სომხურ-თურქული ურთიერთობის საკითხებს ვსწავლობდით. შევხვდით პოლიტიკოსებს, არასამთავრობო ორგანიზაციებისა და მედიის წარმომადგენლებს. სომხეთში ამ საკითხის გარშემო განსხვავებული მოსაზრებებია. საზოგადოების ნაწილი მიიჩნევს, რომ თურქეთმა ჯერ სომეხთა გენოციდი უნდა აღიაროს და ამის შემდეგ აღდგეს დიპლომატიური ურთიერთობები. ნაწილი კი, ფიქრობს რომ ეს ორი საკითხი ერთმანეთისგან უნდა გაიმიჯნოს და პირველ ყოვლისა, სომხეთ-თურქეთის საზღვარი უნდა გაიხსნას. ანალოგიური შეხვედრები სტამბოლშიც გავმართეთ.
Journalistic Mission to Armenia and Turkey
Goga Aptsiauri,
Within the framework of the expedition organized by Go Group with the support of Eurasia Foundation and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). pan Caucasian journalists travelled to Armenia and Turkey. The goal of the mission was to survey strained relations between these two countries and to identify current trends. The journalists' team included correspondent Goga Aptsiauri who is telling us about the joint work carried out by South Caucasian colleagues.... Read more...
Fight for historic truth
Anaid Gogoryan, Amshen newspaper
Проблема Геноцида армян в Османской империи 1915 г. – одна из ключевых факторов в процессе армяно-турецкой нормализации. Неправительственная организация «Go Group» успешно работает на Кавказе, организует журналистские миссии. Организация дает возможность журналистам изучить неурегулированные конфликты, ознакомиться с позицией сторон, больше узнать о том, что происходит в обществе тех или иных стран. Одна из таких миссий состоялась в Армению при поддержке «Go Group» и Фонда Партнерства Евразия. Журналисты из Кавказа также побывали в Турции, в Западной Анатолии. Они приняли участие в автобусном путешествии для армянских и турецких журналистов, организованном общественными организациями «Internews Armenia», Ереванским пресс-клубом и «Центром глобальных политических тенденций» Стамбульского университета. Read Read more...
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