Journalism matters: reporting peace in Cyprus

Sahin, Sanem and Karayianni, Christiana (2020) Journalism matters: reporting peace in Cyprus. Media, Culture and Society . ISSN NA

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0163443720923888

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The article investigates journalism in societies that are working towards a peaceful resolution. Focusing on the ongoing peace process in Cyprus, it studies the influences and difficulties journalists experience when they report on the negotiations. The peace process in Cyprus, which has been divided since 1974 following a conflict between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots, is continuing. Thematic analysis of the interviews conducted with 67 journalists identifies the key issues that affect journalists in Cyprus when they report on the conflict and peace negotiations. The results show that journalists experience tension between professional values and a sense of belonging and move between professional and national/ethnic identities to cope with it. The results also indicate that despite political and ideological pressures, journalists exercise agency, making attempts to challenge and alter them.

Keywords:conflict, Cyprus problem, journalism, journalistic agency, peace process, professional role, the Annan plan
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P500 Journalism
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (Journalism)
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Deposited On:16 Jun 2020 14:06

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