What is it about?

A review of peace journalism research reveals that researchers have mainly focused on war reporting. In order to address this deficit in peace journalism research, this article focuses on a case study where there was a risk for military confrontation.

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Why is it important?

this study, with its original empirical data and fresh insight, is an attempt to contribute to PJ research on two fronts. First, it attempts to supplement the rather limited scholarship on comparative PJ on the global and local level – where vernacular/domestic press of conflicting parties are addressed. Secondly, by focusing on an escalated conflict, it aims to fill a void in PJ research, in terms of operationalizing PJ, other than ‘war reporting’. More specifically, it proposes two sets of new variables/indicators to evaluate media escalated conflict nexus.

Perspectives

Just as the 1991 Gulf War generated debates about the relationship between journalism and war which later facilitated the emergence of PJ, we expect that much-needed inquiry into the media coverage of the hydrocarbons conflict in Cyprus will generate debates about the relationship between journalism and war risks and contribute to expanding the framework for PJ and move it beyond the ‘business of war reporting’ approach to proactive conflict reporting for violence prevention.

Vasvi Ciftcioglu
Eastern Mediterranean University

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This page is a summary of: Peace journalism in times of ‘war risks’: Coverage of the hydrocarbons conflict in Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot newspapers, International Communication Gazette, April 2020, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1748048520915668.
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