The Yerevan Press Club (YPC) presented the qualitative research findings of the recent study on the Dynamics of Media Representation of Armenia-Turkey relations in Armenian and Turkish Media.
The YPC and the Faculty of Communications at Izmir University of Economic conducted the research in 2011 as part if the “Support to Armenia-Turkey Rapprochement” project funded by the USAID and implemented by the Eurasia Partnership Foundation, the Yerevan Press Club, the International Center for Human Development and the Union of Manufacturers and Businessmen (Employers) of Armenia.
The study examines how much attention Armenia-Turkey relations received in the media in each country, how the coverage related to the political dynamics in each country, the sources of information were used when covering events in the other country, and what aspects of each country received attention.
According to the results of the study, Armenia-Turkey relations received more attention in Armenia than in Turkey. The media in Armenia and Turkey focused mainly on the state-to-state aspects of Armenia-turkey relations, leaving aside internal political situation, social issues, culture and human stories. The media in Armenia and Turkey relied mostly on sources within their own country, with only a very limited use of sources within the other respective country.
Commenting on the trends of coverage, YPC President Boris Navasardyan said the level of tolerance is gradually decreasing. He stressed that the program is called to contribute to the Armenian-Turkish rapprochement.