The Question of Identity in a Divided Media Landscape : The Case of Cyprus

  • Gary Gumpert
  • Susan J. Drucker


The military operations of 1974 in Cyprus led to the formation of two autonomous areas houding Turkish Cypriots in the north and the Greek Cypriots in the south. The island is divided by the "Green Line", patrolled by U.N. peace keeping forces.
Movement is blocked and communication severed. There are multiple and conflicting Cypriot identities and feelings of nationalism ranging from pride in being Cypriots, to feelings of connection to Hellenic heritage, and cultural along with political and economic ties to Greece. A Turkish Cypriot identity linked to a distinct religious and linguistic background co-exists with Turkish settlers living in the independent north yet tied to Turkey.  This article examines the division from a communication perspective taking into account language, religion, the visual landscape and the media landscape on each side ofthe "Green Line" along with interlocking media landscapes with Greece or Turkey in order to explore influences shaping collective identity and nationalism.

How to Cite:

Gumpert, G. & Drucker, S., (1997) “The Question of Identity in a Divided Media Landscape : The Case of Cyprus”, Res Publica 39(2), p.281-292. doi:

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Published on
29 Jun 1997
Peer Reviewed