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The media and information technologies

This page forms part of the Governance Theme section on 'political systems'. DFID's approach to responsive and accountable government includes a focus on the media and information technologies. The following key texts provide an introduction to the role of a free and effective media.


Key texts


Department for International Development 2001, The Media in Governance: A Guide to Assistance, DFID, London.
This DFID document focuses on radio, television and the press. It suggests that the UK can help both politically and technically to improve the quality and impact of government-media relations and media effectiveness in serving the interests of the poor and the disadvantaged. It points to the main problems associated with supporting the media but avoids prescribing detailed solutions to all problems, since it may not always be desirable to assist.
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US Agency for International Development 1999, The Role of Media in Democracy: A Strategic Approach, USAID, Center for Democracy and Governance, Washington, D.C.
A free, objective, skilled media is an essential component of any democratic society. On the one hand, it provides the information which the polity require to make responsible, informed decisions: on the other, it acts as a “checking function” ensuring that elected officials uphold their oaths of office and campaign promises and that they carry out the wishes of the electorate.
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