In May 2011, I traveled to Turkey with a group of New Mexico reporters and writers. We met with Turkish journalists to talk about press freedom, culture and democracy. Many of our questions were about political and cultural changes in Turkey, a country that’s important for Europe and the Middle East. The Turkish journalists were open about their struggles and humble about the challenges they face, including death threats and lawsuits.
Some amazing families also invited us into their homes for dinner. Our conversations reminded me how important it is to connect with people around the world. It’s critical for journalists who want to write about the complex history and culture of Turkey.
Here’s a conversation we had about the trip on KNME-TV’s New Mexico In Focus