Development versus Peace? The Role of Media in the Law of Victims and Land Restitution in Colombia

Montoya Londoño, Catalina and Vallejo Mejia, Maryluz (2017) Development versus Peace? The Role of Media in the Law of Victims and Land Restitution in Colombia. Media, War & Conflict. ISSN 17506352 (Accepted for Publication)

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Law of Victims and Land Restitution, ratified in June 2011 and enforced since January 2012, constitutes an unprecedented attempt to end armed conflict in Colombia by applying a transitional justice framework and fostering rural development. Drawing on a methodology that integrates framing and rhetorical analysis, this paper analyses the role of 7 national and local Colombian newspapers in promoting governmental or alternative actors and frames regarding institutional, developmental and peace and human rights agendas linked to this legislation. In addition, it evaluates the influence of rhetorical framing on media’s role and the resulting quality of media coverage. Our results show that media promoted governmental frames regarding institutional and developmental issues, and alternative frames advocated by other actors in relation to peace and human rights issues. In addition, they confirm the key importance of rhetorical framing in shaping that role. This was detrimental to the quality of media coverage geared towards sustainable peace and human development.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the author's post peer review version of an article, the final version will appear in the Sage Publications journal Media, War & Conflict
Keywords: Law 1448 of Victims and Land Restitution, Colombian media, rural development, peace, human rights, rhetorical frames
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > History and Politics
Depositing User: Catalina Montoya Londono
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2017 08:15
Last Modified: 25 May 2017 16:44

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