A book chapter in ‘Media and Democracy’ (ed. Antoniades E) (2020 Epiphaniou Publishers) by Alkiviadou. N and Andreou. A on the ‘Words that Matter: A Glossary for Journalism in Cyprus’:
In 2018, the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe) issued a document entitled ‘Words that Matter: A Glossary for Journalism in Cyprus.’ The aim of the Glossary was to contribute to the peace building process through an alteration in media narrative of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot community. This paper argues that the Glossary is seriously flawed in that it drastically reconceptualises internationally recognised events, namely the invasion and occupation of Cyprus by the Turkish army. Within this scope, the Glossary has dangerous free speech implications, does not respect the right to remember, as recognized by the United Nations and essentially requires journalists to go beyond their role of truthfully reporting facts. The above argumentation is supported by analysis of theories of free speech, jurisprudence of the Human Rights Committee and the European Court of Human Rights on free speech as well as literature on remembrance and ethical journalism.