Role of Media Framing on the Formation of Opinion Concerning Eastern Mediterranean Question

Türkili, Cansın
Turkey is located in a strategic geographic position in the center of political, economic and military balances. Considering foreign policy, international developments in Eastern Mediterranean is among the most important issues that attracts the attention of public and media. Due to recent oil and natural gas discoveries, Eastern Mediterranean, whose geopolitical importance extends from past to present, has become even a more important location, especially for the countries of region. In connection with the issue of Cyprus and international energy politics, recent developments in this region have a great importance for Turkey. This study analyzes the effect of a news text on the Agreement on Maritime Boundary Delimitation signed between Turkey and Libya within the scope of opinion formation through different frames. Theoretical basis of the study is 'Framing Theory' based on the social constructivism approach of media effects. It examines whether the conflict and economic consequences frames are effective in forming audiences' opinions or not. For this purpose, a survey study consisting of 119 participants was conducted. Two different news texts on Eastern Mediterranean Crisis in two different newspapers were reconstructed and represented in terms of conflict and economic consequences frames. After reading texts, participants were asked to indicate their participation in the statements given on the subject. The data do not support the hypothesis that the conflict frame form conflict-related opinions on audiences, but the hypothesis that the economic consequences frame generates economy contexed opinions in audiences is supported.


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Citation Formats
C. Türkili, “Role of Media Framing on the Formation of Opinion Concerning Eastern Mediterranean Question,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.