THE CONSTRUCTION OF REALITY AND THE MASS MEDIA
The case of the Ambient Atmosphere
with english sub-titles
In October 2004, President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos publicly charged that people and organisations in Cyprus were paid by the United States through UNOPS to promote the ‘yes’ vote in the referendum of 24 April 2004.
For an entire month, this was the leading item on the news. At the end of this whole debate, all that was retained by public opinion was that, indeed, some people in Cyprus took money from the US in order to support the Annan plan.
The bribing of people and organisations in the period before the referendum is often cited as an argument by both journalists and politicians, as if this was an unquestionable reality.
The present investigation, based on all available primary sources and an evaluation of the information broadcast by the TV channels and published in newspapers, proves that this ‘reality’ was constructed by the government’s propaganda machine, the television channels and government-friendly press.