Abdi İpekçi Peace and Friendship: Prize juries and awarding ceremonies 

 

1st / 1979-1891 / Athens / March 10, 1981 / ΕΣΗΕΑ (Assosiation of Journalists in Daily Press).

Greek Jury: Despotopoulos Konstantinos (Dean of Panteion University), Lidorikis Alekos (Journalist, Play Writer), Chatzis Dimitris (Writer), Secretary: Politakis Andreas
Turkish Jury Turan İlter (Prof. at the University of Istanbul), Taner, Haldun (Pres. of the assosation of Play-wrtiters), Barlaş, Mehmet (Journalist, Editor)
First awarding ceremony was widely reported in the media and covered by Grek national TV.

 

2nd / 1981-83 / Istanbul/ February 2-6, 1983 / ATM (Atatürk Kültür Merkezi)

Greek Jury: Vrettakos Nikiforos  (Poet) [President], Stefanakis Konstantinos (ex- justice minister) , Geranis Stelios (Writer), Migadis Giannis (painter), Andreadis Ermolaos (h.m. 1981)
Turkish Jury: Hadlun Taner (pr.), Ferih Edgü (writer), Oral Zeynep, (Journalist, Writer), et.al
The five days of activities titled "The Abdi Ipekci week of peace and friendship” included a memorial service to Abdi Ipekci's grave, round tables of Greek and Turkish Journalists, a conference on the "cultural collaboration of Greece and Turkey (Haldun Taner, Murat Belge, Panayot Abaci, Sami kohen among the speakers), an exhibition of awarded artefact  in ATM Gallery, concerts and ballets (by Turkish dancing groups suing the music of Sfetsas and  Skalkotas, directed by Gürer Aykal), Theatre and concerts (Giota Vei, Deniz Τürkali, Nur Yoldaş). A delegation of 70 Greeks attended the events while Andreas Politakis and a folklorist dancing group from Crete visited Ankara to lay a wreath at the monument of Kemal Ataturk.

 

3rd / 1986-1987 / Athens/ April 28 - May 1, 1987 / ΕΣΗΕΑ (Association of Journalists in Daily Press)

Originally planned for March 29, Ceremony postponed due to the Sismik crisis.
Greek Jury: Geranis Stelios, Maglis Giannis (Writer), Siatopoulos Dimitris (Writer), Markakis Antdronikos (ΕΣΗΕΑ vice-pres.), Biris Stavros (Publisher), Papadopoulos Lefteris (Journalist, songwriter), Papaioannou Giannis,  Migadis Giannis, Delipetros, Nikos (Ex gen. secretary of Press).
Turkish Jury: Arin Süha (director), Çapan Cevat (Poet), Kongar Emre (Proffesor of Sociology), Oktay  Ahmet (Poet), Oral Zeynep (Writer-Journalist), Υücel Tahsin (writer)
Ceremony presented by Stefanos Linaios (Greek-Turkish Friendship Committee). The awarding event was followed by Mikis Theodorakis Concert in Pereus Municipality Theatre, where the first public performance of the “song of friendship between the peoples of Greece and Turkey" was held, with the participation of the singers Yekta Kara and Thanasis Moraitis. A discussion panel was held at the Caravel hotel featuring high school students from Greece and Turkey exchanging ideas on peace and friendship. A delegation of 30 people from Turkey participated and among other activities they laid wreaths at Venizelos' monument reciprocating Politakis' 1983 gesture. After the adoption of the Prize by UN in 1986 a message of the General Secretary was read by a UN representative in each ceremony. MPs from all the major Greek parties were present.

 

4th / 1988-1989 / Istanbul / February 1-3, 1989/ Fitaş Cinemas

Greek Jury: Geranis Stelios, Maglis Giannis, Siatopoulos Dimitris, Markakis Antdronikos (ΕΣΗΕΑ), Biris Stavros, Papadopoulos Lefteris,  Migadis Giannis, Delipetros Nikos, Kothris Manolis (Ex-minister, president of Venizelos institution)
Turkish Jury: Selçuk Turhan (Caricaturist), Kutlar Onat (Poet, Writer), Ertel Mengü (designer of Ipeki prize emblem), Edgü Ferit, Kongar Emre, Oktay  Ahmet, (Poet), Oral Zeynep,Özek Çetin (Professor), Soysal Mümtaz (Professor), Öymen Altan (Journalist, Editor), Heper Doğan (Journalist, Editor).
The Ceremony was presented by Tuna Hus and Jale Akay Bayar. The ceremony closed with a concert of Grup Doğuş, Leman Sam and Thanasis Moraitis. The following day a round table of Journalists was organized titled the "future of Greek-Turkish relations" with the participation of A. Öymen (Milliyet editor), C. Passalaris (Mesimbrini Editor), S. Chrisostomidis (Avgi editor), S. Kohen (Milliyet) and A. Sirmen (Cumhuriyet). An exhibition of awarded posters was held at the Yıldız Saray Gallery. A delegation of 60 people came from Greece and attended the events. The participation of official representatives was limited to the announcement of sent messages by PM Ozal, MP Erdal İnönü and other politicians.

 

5th / 1990-1991 / Athens / January 23-25, 1992 / Caravel Hotel.

Greek Jury: Athanasiadis Tasos (Writer, 1989 award), Chrisostomidis Sofianos (Editor, Journalist, 1989 award), Kairi-Pana Maron (Painter, 1989 Award), Paadimitriou Giannis (Architect) Geranis Stelios, Maglis Giannis, Siatopoulos Dimitris, Markakis Antdronikos, Biris Stavros, Papadopoulos Lefteris, Migadis Giannis, Delipetros Nikos, Kothris Manolis.
Turkish Jury: İpekçi Sibel, Güler Ara (Photographer),  Kutlar Onat, Edgü Ferit, Kongar Emre, Oktay  Ahmet, Oral Zeynep, Soysal Mümtaz, Öymen, Altan, Heper Doğan.
Awardees were presented by the Journalist Liana Kaneli. Mikis Thodorakis represented the government as a minister, while there was official representation of the Turkish Government by its ambassador in Athens, the Mayor of Izmir and other officials. S. Demirel, K. Mitsotakis and President T. Ozal sent their messages that where read during the ceremonies. The Turkish guests were welcomed with a reception by V. Polydoras representing the Greek government. After the Ceremony a round table titled "Ataturk - Venizelos 1930 in Ankara. Is the present condition more difficult?" was organized with the participation of the journalists S. Chrisostomidis (Avgi), Nail Güreli (Milliyet), Emre Kongar (Turkish Jury, Sociologist) and Mihalis Papagiannakis (Politician, Synaspismos Party).

 

6th / 1992-1993 / Istanbul / May 15-17,  1993 / Conrad Hotel.

Greek Jury: Athanasiadis Tasos (President of Jury), Chrisostomidis Sofianos, Geranis Stelios, Maglis Giannis, Siatopoulos Dimitris, Mpiris Stavros, Migadis Giannis, Rentzıis Thanasis (Film Director).
Turkish Jury: Oral Zeynep (President of Jury), İpekçi Sibel,Güler Ara,  Kutlar Onat, Edgü Ferit, Kongar Emre, Oktay  Ahmet, Öymen, Altan, Heper Doğan, Altıntaş, Yurdar (illustrator).
Ceremony marked by the participation of Government representatives who handed the prizes to awardees (Erdal İnönü, Fikri Şağlar, Mehmet Moğultay). Andreas Politakis' proposal about a possible Greek support to Istanbul's nomination for the 2000 Olympic Games was circulated widely in the Turkish Press. Side-events included site-seeing for the Greek delegation, formal reception-dinners combined with speeches of the participants, a concert of Byzantine Hymns by a Turkish Choir in Yerebatan Saray.

 

7th / 1994-1995 / Athens / October 13-16, 1995, Xenia Hotel in Lagonisi.

Greek Jury: Athanasiadis Tasos (President of Jury), Chrisostomidis Sofianos, Maglis Giannis, Siatopoulos Dimitris, Biris Stavros, Migadis Giannis, Papathanasopoulos Thanasis (writer, barister), Horianopoulos Manos (Journalist), Anagnostou Tasos (Writer).
Turkish Jury: Kırkpınar Salım Rıza (litterateur, President of Jury), Oral Zeynep, İpekçi Sibel, Edgü Ferit, Kongar Emre (Culture vice minister), Heper Doğan, Hızlan Doğan (journalist).
Vivid presence of MPs like K. Mitsotakis (exPM), Giorgos Papandreou (Minister of education), M. Papagianakis (European Parliament MP) and others, who handed prizes to the awardees. The ceremony was presented by Nikos Hatzinikolaou (Journalist), and it was followed by a concert by Tastis Apostolidis and a reception by N. Sifounakis (Tourism minister). The size of the Turkish delegation was much smaller than that of previous years, and from the prominent Turkish awardees only Hikmet Çetin was present. The Turkish awards had been delivered separately to their acceptors during May 4, 2005, in the ceremony of Milliyet prizes at Doğan  Medya Center.

 

8th / 1996-1997 / Istanbul / June 4-6 1997. Doğan Media Center.

Greek Jury: Athanasiadis Tasos (President of Jury), Chrisostomidis Sofianos, Siatopoulos Dimitris, Biris Stavros, Migadis Giannis, Papathanasopoulos Thanasis, Anagnostou Tasos, Oukerloglou Stathis (Composer, awards 1983, 1987).
Turkish Jury: Kırkpınar Salım Rıza, Oral Zeynep, İpekçi Sibel, Edgü Ferit, Kongar Emre, Heper Doğan, Hızlan Doğan, Ömen Altan, Ural Yalvaç.
The ceremony was combined with the wider ceremony of Milliyet Prizes. The awarding of Konstatinos Mitsotakis and Onur Öymen, as well as the pop stars Kut and Rouvas attracted wide publicity by the media. Many politicians, officials, UN representatives, church representatives attended the ceremony. The Greek delegation numbered more than 90 people, while the three days activities included official receptions organized by Milliyet, visit to Ipekci's memorial, visit to the patriarchate, tours, etc. The number of awards given by the Greek Jury reaches its highest record with 50 people receiving a prize and many more receving plaudits and praiworthy mentions.

 

9th / 1998-1999 / Athens/ November 12, 1999/ Megaron Mela, Plateia Kotzia.

Greek Jury: Athanasiadis Tasos (President of Jury), Papoulias Georgios (Vice-President of the Jury), Chrisostomidis Sofianos, Siatopoulos Dimitris, Mpiris Stavros, Migadis Giannis, Papathanasopoulos Thanasis, Anagnostou Tasos, Oukerloglou Stathis, Anemogiannis Giorgos (1987 award), Kyrkos Leonidas (1995 award), Retzis Thanasis.
Turkish Jury: İpekçi Sibel (President of the Jury), Oral Zeynep, Edgü Ferit, Kongar Emre, Güler Ara, Heper Doğan, Hızlan Doğan, Ömen Altan.
Ceremony presented by Nikos Evaggelatos (Journalist). Apart from the increased number of politicians who were awarded with the special or communication prize, the ceremony was attended by former PM K. Mitsotakis, former foreign ministers M. Papakontantinou, and Hikmet Çetin, the Turkish ambassador in Athens, ect. The members of the Turkish jury hold speeches while Bülent Ecevit and İsmail Cem sent announcements to be read. A choir concert playing Theodorakis song of friendship signalled the end of the ceremony.

 

10th / 2000-2001/ Separate ceremonies

Istanbul / May 2nd at Doğan Media Center. Athens / November 2nd at Megaron Mela, Plateia Kotzia
Greek Jury: Athanasiadis Tasos (President of Jury), Papoulias Georgios (Vice-President of the Jury), Chrisostomidis Sofianos, Siatopoulos Dimitris, Biris Stavros, Migadis Giannis, Papathanasopoulos Thanasis, Anagnostou Tasos, Oukerloglou Stathis, Anemogiannis Giorgos, Kyrkos Leonidas, Retzis Thanasis.
Turkish Jury:  Edgü Ferit (President of the Jury), İpekçi Sibel, Oral Zeynep, Güler Ara, Heper Doğan, Hızlan Doğan, Ömen Altan
The communication and collaboration beteen the two parties (Milliyet and Athens secretariat) ended. The prizes were separttly celebrated in Ahtnes and in Istanbul by the two institutions.