27 Jun

Lobbyists Pressure SBS To Change Its Editorial Policy

As much as the lobbying efforts of Asian superpowers in Australia, such as the one recently reported by ABC, Australians should also be worried about the increased pressure by some Armenian diaspora lobby groups and their proxy associations on our public broadcasters.

These lobby groups, advocating for the foreign policy agenda of the Republic of Armenia has recently launched an unprecedented attack on the editorial policy of the SBS. The groups are pressuring SBS to rewrite its 45-years old editorial guideline to suit their agendas in regards to the characterisation of the events of 1915.

No major global news outlet uses the word genocide in describing the tragedy suffered by the Ottoman Armenians in early 1900s.

Reuters, Associated Press and BBC are among those respected global media outlets, who have similar policies to the SBS’ in describing the events of 1915.

There are both legal and historical reasons for major news organisations not charectrising the events of 1915 as genocide. One should study journalism to understand the logic and reasons behind such editorial policy.

A significant number of research papers, documents and articles are also available in open sources for the one who is genuinely interested in finding the truth.

Freedom From Bias:

The latest attack on SBS, which finds a disproportionately wide coverage on News Corp outlets, is a blatant attempt to change history through lobbying and make it fit into current foreign policy objectives of a nation afar.

We have been witnessing similar pressure being put on media organisations worldwide by politicians like Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

The strength of our democracy comes in part from press freedom that is free from political and lobbyists’ interference.

Australian Turkish Advocacy Alliance (ATAA) recently wrote to Senator Honorable Scott Ludlam, who used the rhetoric of some Armenian diaspora lobby groups’ to attack the head of SBS Michael Ebeid, about the potential dangers of his flawed logic in interfering with the editorial integrity of the public broadcaster.

“This could be seen as an example of a worldwide trend by elected representatives attempting to manipulate public opinion through pressuring independent mainstream media outlets,” wrote ATAA associate Unal Yildiz in his letter.

“It could also be perceived as a continuum of past government pressure on our public broadcasters for their reporting based on facts,” he continued in that letter to the Greens senator.

The media can only remain as the 4th Estate as long as there is the ability to report free from bias, political interference. The attack on media’s integrity from both ends of the political spectrum by politicians with little knowledge of the methodologies of history or the ethics of journalism is the biggest threat to our democracy and our stance as one of the greatest multi-cultural nations on earth.

We believe politicians and lobby groups should not be involved in trying to impose a certain bias on the reporting of the SBS.




16 Jun

AMUST Features Turkish Iftar

Australiasian Muslim Times, a not-for-profit community publication, has featured the Turkish community iftar, which was held in the NSW Parliament House on June 8. AMUST, in its feature story, also published the edited version of a speech delivered by the Chair of Turkish Islamic Associations Federation, Dr Abdurrahman Asaroglu. We commend Asaroglu for his speech, which highlighted the tolerance and respect in the Turkish culture. Here is an excerpt from Dr Asaroglu’s speech:

We grew up with the melody of “we are many but we are one.” Yes we are one nation called Australia. Our heritage is our strength in cultural values that we share and cherish.

Multiculturalism was known to Anatolian multiethnic communities, where Churches, synagogues, diverse languages, folk music, and varying ways of life were practiced for centuries side by side in Turkey.

I remember, my grandfather once told me that his Usta (Supervisor in trade, who was from a Christian belief) used to remind him by saying “Son did you read your Quran today, I read my bible.”

My grandmother used to ask me to take a plate of her delicious food to our Armenian neighbour. It wasn’t until later years, I learnt that she was practicing the sayings of the prophet Mohammad (s), “we are not true believers unless we love for our neighbour what we love for ourselves”.


For the full story please go to the following link.

Turkish Community marks 50 years with a parliamentary Iftar

12 Jun

ATAA Congratulates NSW Turkish Community

Australian Turkish Advocacy Alliance (ATAA) congratulates the New South Wales Turkish community associations for coming together and hosting a joint Iftar dinner at the NSW Parliament House, Stranger’s Function Room on June 8th.

Both Federal and State MPs, as well as the NSW Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams and NSW Minister for the Veteran Affairs David Elliott attended the Iftar and gave important speeches. Representing the NSW Leader of the Opposition Luke Foley, Paul Lynch, Member for Liverpool; Federal MP for ALP, Member for Fowler, Chris Hayes; Chair of the Friends of Turkey of the Parliament of New South Wales, Trevor Khan and Member for Granville, Julia Finn did join the NSW Turkish community for the occasion.

Turkish Ambassador to Australia Vakur Gokdenizler and Consul General of Turkey in Sydney, Melih Karalar were also present at the event, which was attended by consular officers of various nations.

The Iftar had provided an inclusive and open platform for the New South Wales Turkish community, who is getting ready to mark the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first plane of Turkish migrants to Australian in 1968.

The Governor General of the New South Wales, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d)  sent a message to the night, congratulating the community. 

Federal MP for Fowler, ALP, Chris Hayes


Chair of Friends of Turkey of the Parliament of NSW, Trevor Khan

Minister for Multiculturalism, NSW, Ray Williams

Minister for Veteran Affairs, NSW, David Elliott







28 Apr

Turkey: A Friend and Ally Against Terrorism

Australia’s frontline in fighting terrorism is Turkey.

Turkey has stopped 420 suspected Australian jihadists from entering the country and extradited at least 12 of them back to Australia in recent times, according to a senior Turkish official quoted by the ABC.

There are three Australian terror suspects with links to ISIL under detention in the country.

One of which is Neil Prakash, the notorious ISIL recruiter from Melbourne.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan highlighted the cooperation between Turkey and Australia and told the ABC Turkey is a “friend and ally”.

Turkish security forces and people of Turkey continue to pay a high price in this alliance against ISIL.

At least 211 civilians were killed, more than 1000 injured as a result of attacks by the terrorist group.

32 members of the security forces lost their lives.

Another 70 Turkish soldiers died during an operation to liberate a series of strategic towns in Syria from the hands of the death cult.

On the 50th anniversary of the official bi-lateral relations that paved the way for Turks to immigrate to Australia as guest workers and 103-years after the Gallipoli, friendship between Turkey and Australia is more valuable than ever.

Here are a few of the recent articles about Turkey’s role in fighting terrorism as an ally and friend of Australia.

ABC Story. story.