BEYOND REPORTING. MEDIA AGENCY IN TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE PROCESSES


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AMAIA ÁLVAREZ BERASTEGI

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Lecturer at the Universidad Pública de Navarra (Spain). PhD in Law at Ulster University, conducted postdoctoral research at the University of the Basque Country. She has published in international journals related to the areas of historical memory, transitional justice, history and journalism.

 

Abstract


Despite the significant impact of the media in transitional justice processes, this relationship remains underexplored. The role of the media in building narratives of conflict and past human rights violations was traditionally framed within the dichotomy of promoting peace vs inflicting war. Yet, these roles, as well as the media systems themselves, need to be placed within more complex frameworks. This article analyses some of the key themes that connect transitional justice (the right to truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-repetition) and the media. The primary conclusion is that we need to go beyond the role of the media as an observer, and frame it as a possible agent of the overall process of conflict transformation and transitional justice.



Keywords


Human Rights and Media; Political Violence; Conflict; Transitional Justice; Peace Journalism



How to cite this article


Berastegi, Amaia Álvarez (2020). "Beyond reporting. Media agency in transitional justice processes". In Janus.net, e-journal of international relations. Vol. 11, No. 2 Consulted [online] at date of last visit, DOI: https://doi.org/10.26619/1647-7251.11.2.9



Article received on September 25, 2019 and accepted for publication on April 10, 2020