Hıfzı Topuz

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Dr. Hıfzı Topuz
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Dr. Hıfzı Topuz, signature day in Mersin on April 9, 2008
Born 1923 (age 90–91)
Istanbul, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Education Law, journalism
Alma mater Istanbul University, University of Strasbourg
Genre travel writing, novel, non-fiction

Hıfzı Topuz (born 1923) is a Turkish veteran journalist, travel writer and novelist. He also served as a lecturer on journalism at several universities.[1]

Early life[edit]

Hıfzı Topuz was born 1923 in Istanbul. After finishing his secondary education at the Galatasaray High School in 1942, he studied Law at Istanbul University graduating in 1948. Later, he went to France, where he attended University of Strasbourg to conduct further studies in international law and journalism between 1957 and 1959. In 1960, he earned a doctoral degree in journalism from the same university.[2]

Professional career[edit]

After graduating from Istanbul University, Hıfzı Topuz entered journalism, and was employed between 1948 and 1957 at the daily newspaper Akşam, where he worked as a reporter and later as an editor. He co-founded Istanbul Journalists' Union, and served as its leader.[2][3]

During his time in France, he applied for a vacant post at the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris. He worked as a travelling reporter for the organization between 1959 and 1983. He was responsible for projects like professional coordination between international organizations of journalism, journalism ethics and standards, journalism education and security of journalists. Topuz conducted seminars on journalism education in African countries, India and the Philippines. He developed rural area journalism project in Black Africa.[2]

While in Paris, Topuz interviewed for the Turkish daily newspapers notable people like painter Fikret Mualla (1903–1967), poet Nazım Hikmet (1902–1963), journalist Zekeriya Sertel (1890–1980), painter Abidin Dino (1913–1993)), painter Nejat Devrim (1923–1995) and General Nikolaos Trikoupis (1869–1956), who commanded Greek troops during the Turkish War of Independence and became a prisoner of war.[2]

Topuz planned in 1962 at the headquarters of UNESCO a project to establish the "College of Communications" (as its title then Turkish: Basın-Yayın Yüksek Okulu) at the University of Ankara.[2]

Invited by İsmail Cem İpekçi, the newly appointed head of the state-owned Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT), he returned in 1974 to Turkey to lead the radio channels of TRT until 1975.[2]

He founded in 1986 the "İletişim Araştırmaları Derneği" (İLAD) (literally: Communications Research Association), whose president he still is.[2]

Topuz wrote for the daily newspapers Vatan, Milliyet and Cumhuriyet and some magazines.[2]

He taught lectures on press, history of radio-television, international communication and political communication at the communications faculties of Anadolu University, Galatasaray University and Istanbul University.[2]

Writer[edit]

Hıfzı Topuz wrote non-fiction on communications in addition to biographies, travel books and novels. He opened a new field in the Turkish literature by choosing the subject matters of his novels from history or historical figures.[4]

Awards[edit]

Hıfzı Topuz was honored in 1998 with the "Sertel Demokrasi Ödülü" (Sertel Democracy Award). He received in 2007 the "Orhan Kemal Roman Armağanı" (Orhan Kemal Novel Prize) for his work Başın Öne Eğilmesin. The "Afrika Diplomatik Akademisi" (ADA) (Africa Diplomatic Academy) awarded him in 2008 with its "Peace and Friendship Prize".[5] In 2009, the "Çağdaş Gazetecier Derneği" (Associaion of Contemporary Journalists) awarded him with its "Honor Prize".[6]

Bibliography[edit]

Non-fiction
  • Basin sözlüğü: Fransızcadan Türkçeye Fransızcaya, İngilizce karşılıklı (1968) Yenilik Basımevi, 111pp
  • 100 soruda Türk basın tarihi (1973) Gerc̦ek Yayınev, 270pp
  • Seçim savaşları: televizyon, radyo, basın ve afişle (1977) Milliyet, 134pp
  • Uluslararası İletişim (1984) Anadolu Üniversitesi, 243pp
  • Cumhuriyetʹin beş dönemeci (with Hüsamettin Ünsal) (1984) Sergi Yayınevi, 199pp
  • İletişimde karikatür ve toplum (1986) Anadolu Üniversitesi, 109pp
  • Basında tekelleşmeler (1989) İLAD, 111pp
  • Yarının radyo ve televizyon düzeni: özgür, özerk ve çoğulcu bir alternatif (1990) İLAD, 191pp
  • Türkiye'de sec̦im kampanyaları (1991) Türkiye Sosyal Ekonomik Siyasal Araștırmalar Vakfı, 85pp
  • Siyasal reklamcılık: dünyadan ve Türkiye'den örneklerle (1991) Cem Yayınevi, 248pp ISBN 975-406-320-6, ISBN 978-975-406-320-2
  • Seçimlerde iletişim politikaları (1991) TüSES, 230pp
  • Kara Afrika sanatı (1992) Ant, 96pp
  • Türk Basın Tarihi: II. Mahmut'tan holdinglere (1996) Remzi Kitabevi, 470pp
  • Başlangıcından Bugüne Dünya Karikatürü (1997) İnkılâp Kitabevi, 264pp
  • Dünyada ve Türkiye'de kültür politikaları (1998) Adam, 86pp
Biographies
  • Konuklar geçiyor: TV'de "Her hafta bir konuk" programındaki konuşmalar, anılar (1975) Çağdaş Yayınları, 237pp
  • Lumumba: Kara Afrikd̓a işkenceyle öldürülen ilk Başbakan (1987) Yön Yayıncılık, 199pp
  • Paris'te son Osmanlılar: Mediha Sultan ve Damat Ferit (1999) Remzi Kitabevi (reprint 2005), 302pp ISBN 975-14-0722-2, ISBN 978-975-14-0722-1
  • Hatice Sultan (2001) Remzi Kitabevi, 246pp ISBN 975-14-0774-5, ISBN 978-975-14-0774-0
  • Nâzïm Hikmet: vivre comme un arbre, seul et libre, vivre en frères comme les arbres d'une forêt (2002) Turquoise, 335pp
  • Gazi ve Fikriye (2006) Edition Orient, 286pp ISBN 975-14-0822-9, ISBN 978-975-14-0822-8
  • 'Fikret Muallâ: anılar, resimler, fotoğraflar (2005) Everest Yayınları, 359pp ISBN 975-289-238-8, ISBN 978-975-289-238-5
  • Abidin Dino: İkinci kitap, 1942-1952 (2008) Kitap Yayınevi
  • 'Abdülmecit: İmparatorluk Çökerken Sarayda 22 Yıl (2009) Remzi Kitabevi, 205pp
  • Bana Atatürk'ü anlattılar (2010) Remzi Kitabevi, 167pp ISBN 975-14-1390-7, ISBN 978-975-14-1390-1
Travel books
  • Kara Afrika (1971) Milliyet yayınları, 348pp
  • 'Parisli yıllar (1994) Bilgi Yayinevi, 302pp
  • Elveda Afrika-Hoşça Kal Paris (2005) Remzi Kitabevi, 462pp
  • Nişantaşı Anıları (2009) Heyamola Yayınları, 134pp ISBN 6054307215, 9786054307210
Novels

References[edit]

  1. ^ Korkut, Tolga (2006-11-04). "Is Alternative Possible in Mainstream Media". bianet News in English. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Hıfzı Topuz 85 yaşında". NTV MSNBC (in Turkish). 2008-03-21. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  3. ^ ""Hapiste en çok gazetecisi olan ülkeyiz"". Cumhuriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  4. ^ Hızlan, Doğan (2008-03-24). "Hıfzı Topuz seksen beş yaşında". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  5. ^ ""ADA 2008 Barış ve Dostluk Ödülü" Hıfzı Topuz'un". Cumhuriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  6. ^ "Yılın başarılı gazetecileri belli oldu". Cumhuriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2011-03-27.