Media and the Path to Peace

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 15, 2004 - Political Science - 271 pages
This is the first book to examine in detail the roles that the news media can play in an ongoing peace process. Gadi Wolfsfeld explains how the press's role in such processes varies over time and political circumstance. He examines three major cases: the Oslo peace process between Israel and the Palestinians; the peace process between Israel and Jordan; and the process surrounding the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland. Wolfsfeld's central argument is that there is a fundamental contradiction between news values and the nature of a peace process. This often leads the media to play a destructive role in attempts to make peace, but variations in the political and media environment affect significantly exactly how the media behave. Wolfsfeld shows how the media played a mainly destructive role in the Oslo peace process, but were more constructive during the Israel-Jordan process and in Northern Ireland.
 

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Contents

Building theory
8
The initial stages of Oslo
45
The Israeli media and the debate over Oslo
77
The Palestinians and the Israeli media
104
The media and the IsraelJordan peace process
137
The media and the struggle for peace in Northern Ireland
158
The collapse of Oslo and the return to violence
182
Conclusion
220
Methodological appendix
232
References
247
Index
255
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About the author (2004)

Gadi Wolfsfeld is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Communication at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of Media and Political Conflict: News from the Middle East (Cambridge, 1997).

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