The annual circle of lectures hosted by the faculty of communication & media studies at the University of Athens on Tuesday focused on Greek-Turkish relations and their prospects.

Guest speakers included Turkish professors Sevda Alankus, the dean of the Izmir University's faculty of economics, as well as Defne Ozonur Cologlu, an assistant professor at Yeditepe University, who addressed the event on the issue of journalism as a tool for peace.

Both academics underlined that objectivity when presenting the facts, a careful use of language and creating opportunities for greater social understanding, can become an option for journalists and publishers wishing to promote peace.

ANA-MPA Managing Director Nicholas Voulelis referred to myths and stereotypes, as he said, that still prevail in several media outlets in Greece, ones that influence and shape public opinion.

He also referred to the views expressed by the media and political parties, as regards the recent meetings of the leaders of Greece and Turkey in Athens and Erzurum, stressing that they reflect two schools of thought, a nationalist-defence oriented one and a positive-realistic view.