This study presents
a news discourse analysis of a case in which the dominant political and
ideological discourse of conflict and violence gave way to optimism and
hopes for peace in Israel. It offers a profile of three types of discourse
used by Israeli print news media in the context of 'peace' and 'war' in
the immediate aftermath of the Oslo Accords signed on September 13, 1993.
By this time, the Israeli media had already demonstrated a dramatic change
in attitude and terminology: The familiar war discourse was rapidly being
replaced by peace representations and peace images. The assumption of
the study is that overuse of the term 'peace' at a time of revolutionary
change in Israeli socio-political practice not only detracted from Israeli
peace perspectives and beliefs, but also caused news discourses to deteriorate
into war discourses. The purpose of the study was to uncover the role
of the contextual system developed to communicate specific topics relating
to 'peace' representations in news discourse and the negative socio-political
consequences of the incompatibility of discourse types with actual political
conditions at a given time.
On the author:
Lea Mandelzis is a senior lecturer at the School of Communication, Sapir Academic College in Israel. Her fields of research focuses on conflicts, war and peace discourse in the news media, media representations and images, socio-political communication and international communication. She has presented and published a number of articles on peace discourse and peace Journalism. Her work contributes to Keshev, The Organization for the Protection of Democracy in Israel and media monitoring, and involved in developing a university peace journalism curriculum. She is a council member of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) and chairperson of Peace Journalism Commission. She is a former professional journalist in Israel and a member of the Peace Journalism Group at Toda Institute of Global Peace and Policy Research.
Address: School of Communication, Sapir Academic College, D.N. Hof Ashkelon 79165, Israel