Journalism in conflict-affected societies: Professional roles and influences in Cyprus

Sahin, Sanem (2020) Journalism in conflict-affected societies: Professional roles and influences in Cyprus. Media, War & Conflict . ISSN 1750-6352

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Covering a conflict for journalists when they are members of one of the conflicting parties has some professional and moral dilemmas. It creates tensions between their professionalism and sense of belonging to their community. This article, focusing on journalism on both sides of Cyprus, explores how journalists think of their role in conflict-affected societies. Based on semi-structured, face-to-face interviews with journalists from the Turkish Cypriot media and Greek Cypriot media, it explores journalists’ self-reflection of their roles and the forces they believe that affect their work when reporting on the Cyprus conflict. The findings show journalists do not have a fixed identity but a changeable one. They renegotiate and reproduce the meaning and role of journalism in society, and move between professional and ethnic identities depending on the state of the conflict.

Keywords:conflict, professional role, Cypriot journalists, Cyprus, journalism, peace
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:11 Jan 2021 10:37

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