Role of media in conflict escalation: the case of the “Armenian Conference” in Turkey
Çelik, Ayşe Betül and Boğa, Gözde (2009) Role of media in conflict escalation: the case of the “Armenian Conference” in Turkey. (Submitted)
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Between 25 and 27 May 2005, a conference entitled “Ottoman Armenians During the Decline of the Empire: Issues of Scientific Responsibility and Democracy,” was planned to be held at a public university in Istanbul. Conference aimed to call into question the Turkish official discourse relating to the 1915 events and would be the first time with such an approach the subject would be discussed openly in public. However, it has been opposed by several groups, leading to polarization among the society and media. This research studies the conflict escalation periods during this conference and questions the role of media in conflict escalation stages. It tries to analyze how newspaper ideology affects the representation of a contentious issue in general and whether this makes a difference in the representation of the Armenian conference in the Turkish case in particular. With such an analysis, it also studies how media contribute to the conflict environment with the rhetoric they create.
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