View from Lago Atitlán in Guatemala, 2008.
A critical assessment on the options for the media to assist in fostering sustainable peace and development in post conflict Guatemala
ABSTRACT: The media can have a role either in contributing to a more stable peace or in weakening today’s precarious state of non-war in Guatemala. This thesis focuses on the peacebuilding process since the 1996 Peace Accords were signed, and addresses the role that the media have played in it until today. Building upon the theories that have recognized an opportunity in the media to assist to peacebuilding and development efforts, and adapting them to the case of Guatemala, the theoretical axes of media-peacebuilding/conflict resolution; media-development; and media-democracy are addressed. At the same time, the inadequacy of the liberal peacebuilding doctrine is overviewed within this context to extract conclusions and policy recommendations for the Guatemalan case.