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