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Light Millennium TV/August2000:


A WOMAN WITH AN ELECTRONIC FETTER
(ELEKTRONIK PRANGALI KADIN)
by HALUK SAHIN

LMTV Proudly presents...

Broadcasting Dates :
Channel #34 (Queens Public Television, New York) Monday, August 28th, at 10:00 PM on
Channel #35 Queens Public Television, New York) Thursday, August 31st, at 3:00 PM on
Channel#34 (QPTV) Monday, September 4th, at 10:00 PM on
Channel#35 (QPTV) Thursday, September 7th, at 3:00 PM.

Language: In Turkish
Duration: 26 minutes
The Light Millennium TV Series Producer: Bircan Unver

 

The video documentary, "The Woman with an Electronic Fetter" (Elektronik Prangali Kadin), derives its name from the electronic fetter worn by Fugen Gulertekin during her period of domestic confinement prior to her imprisonment in jail. The documentary outlines FugenŐs story, from the treatment that she was subjected to by Columbus, Ohio authorities and media, to the implausible (and terrifyingly unjust) trial verdict and 8-year prison sentence she ultimately received. Haluk Sahin investigates both the apparent and less apparent reasons and implications for this shocking outcome, including the complications inherent in the preceding chain of events and the weaknesses of the trial.

Participants: Fugen Gulertekin, Erdal Gulertekin, Zelis Gulertekin, Tom Tyack, Nancy Erickson. Interviewed and hosted by Haluk Sahin. ŇThe Woman with an Electronic FetterÓ was produced and edited by Haluk Sahin, and shot in Columbus and New York, for "Arena", Turkey's leading weekly investigative television news program (Kanal D) in Istanbul, Turkey. Series producer and director for "Arena": Ugur Dundar.

The documentary sheds light on the many dimensions of Fugen GulertekinŐs story, including that of being a foreigner in the US and the complications of the US legal system for a foreigner. It also shows how this tragic circumstance can befall a person far more easily than we would like to think.

About the documentary producer, editor:
HALUK SAHIN is an author, academic and media professional. He has been active in media practice and teaching over the past 30 years. After graduating from Istanbul University (1964) where he studied Law, he received an M.A. in Journalism and a Ph.D. in Mass Communications (1974) from Indiana University in the U.S.

He has taught at American universities, including the University of Maryland at College Park, where he was Associate Professor of Journalism until 1984. His academic research and theoretical works have been published in leading journals in the field, including the Journal of Communication, Journalism Quarterly, Media Culture and Society. He has also written, published, and lectured extensively on all aspects of mass media in Turkish. One of his most well known books is The New Communication Order, Democracy and Freedom of the Press, published by the Press Council of Turkey (1992).

Dr. Sahin was the Editor-in-Chief of "Arena", which has won many international and national awards, from the time its first program aired in 1992 until June 2000. He also held the position of the News Coordinator of Kanal D between 1996 and 1999. His columns appear in the prestigious Istanbul daily, Radikal, four times a week. He is a full professor of journalism at Istanbul Bilgi University.


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For more information about Fugen GulertekinŐs case, please visit:
http://www.stas.net/fugen

Contact: lightmillennium@yahoo.com

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