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Editorial Politics and Xenophobia in the Turkish Cypriot Press were discussed under the Scope of "The Faculty Seminars" at the Faculty of Communication of CIU

Within the scope of the accreditation work started by the Faculty of Communication, Cyprus International University (CIU) and "Communication Training Evaluation Accreditation Board (İLEDAK) from Turkey Turkish Press Editorial Policies and Xenophobia were discussed in the second activity carried out under the event series of "The Faculty Seminars."

Nurten Avtürk, Lecturer of the Faculty of Communication said that she studied the xenophobia and hate speech directed at immigrants in the Turkish Cypriot press by using critical discourse analysis method in the light of the interviews with the editorials and news managers of the Turkish Cypriot newspapers.

Avtürk pointed out that newspaper editors, general editorial directors and news directors are the most influential media professionals in determining the news production and publishing policy in the creation of the primary agendas of the newspapers. In this sense, Avtürk stated that the journalistic approaches of editors and news managers about xenophobia created an important data source for having an opinion about it.

In her work, Nurten Avtürk also reported that a case study with important and specific characteristics of the media immigrant relationship was conducted based on the views of editors and news managers who are the most influential media professionals in the news production and broadcasting process.

Avtürk stated that theoretical discussions about the relationship between immigrants and the media are based on three main conceptual areas as hate speech, xenophobia and otherization.

Avtürk said the Turkish Cypriot press uses these three conceptualizations, whether they are unaware of it or not in the representations of foreigners and immigrants and she added that managers who determine editorial policies said

that xenophobia could be from economic reasons as well as from cultural differences and social prejudices.

Last updated: 29-08-2018