Governments use various methods to legitimize and spread their discourses. One of these methods is the use of popular culture as a tool. The governments benefit from the power of mass media to influence and direct societies, they communicate their discourse to the public and demand support from the public using tools such as news, opinion column and advertisements. But persuasion through these methods sometimes present difficulties. However, resistance to messages transmitted by elements that do not transmit direct messages is lower, that idea settles involuntarily into the subconscious mind. Another method is the use of cartoons. Cartoons are visuals that make people laugh and enjoy themselves. Even though the message conveyed to the individual with the cartoon remains the secondary plan under the visual power of the cartoon, it makes it easier for the message to reach a clear perception. During the preparatory phase of the Cyprus Peace Operation, Turkish newspapers also used cartoons as tools to reach the public with various government discourses by making use of the visual power of cartoon. This study aims to analyze the critical geopolitical aspects of the cartoons published in selected newspapers during the five-day period prior to the Cyprus Peace Operation.
Newspaper Analysis, Cartoon, Cyprus, Discourse, Popular Geopolitics