Media and Communications

Recognizing that slanted news reporting often contributes to social biases, HasNa works with the media sector in Cyprus to promote open and inclusive dialogue as a foundation for reconciliation.

Programs aim to promote objective journalistic techniques and emphasize ethics in print, broadcast, and news media. HasNa’s media training programs expand opportunities for Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots to collaborate while creating an atmosphere of non-judgmental inquiry and trust.

Bi-Communal Cypriot Radio Program

In 2005, HasNa initiated the Talk of the Island Radio Program, the first bi-communal radio program in Cyprus. The purpose of the radio program is to foster understanding, communication and respect between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots by examining the similarities and differences between the two communities’ through issues that affect them both. In 2012, Talk of the Island broadcasters won the famed Kutlu Adalı Press Award in recognition of media professionals working to promote peace in Cyprus. Learn More

New Media Landscape Now Project

In 2007, HasNa partnered with the Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute on an eight month long project called New Media Landscape Now. The aim of the project was to bring journalists from both sides of divided Cyprus together in order to produce a stronger vision of the ideal media landscape on the island and to develop a set of politically neutral terms which can be used when reporting news on the island.  Learn More

Reconciliation Now Project

In September 2003, HasNa unveiled its plans to work with two leading Cypriot peace organizations, the Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute (CNTI) and The Management Center to support reconciliation programs. Three workshops have been held in Cyprus bringing together more than 250 Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot business people to build economic cooperation, especially where it might redress economic disparities between North and South Cyprus. In addition, a series of Media Literacy workshops was launched. These workshops equipped participants with a better understanding of how biases and prejudices shape people’s perceptions as well as the skills needed to critically analyze print, broadcast, and online media. Recognizing the biases that exists in media reporting is an important first step to changing them.  Learn More

Young Cypriot Journalists Project

In 2002, HasNa collaborated with peace activists in Cyprus to conduct the Young Journalists Project. This project gave ten young journalists from Cyprus the opportunity to come to the Washington, DC for training that focused on ethics in reporting, objectivity in analyzing statistical information and discussions on moving away from biased reporting methods. Cypriots from both sides of the island were able to interact with each other during the program and develop a more objective journalistic stance on the issue of bi-communality.  Learn More