Negotiating Democracy: Media Transformations in Emerging Democracies

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Negotiating Democracy addresses issues that have defined the challenges and consequences of media transformation faced by new and emerging democracies. These issues include the dismantling of national broadcasting systems, the promotion of private independent and pluralistic media, the clash between liberal democratic and authoritarian political traditions, negotiations about the appropriate broadcast language, and the potential for free press and for freedom of speech. The contributors use examples from countries such as Cambodia, Bulgaria, Iran, Nigeria, and Taiwan to not only provide detailed analysis of regional and/or nation-specific cases of media, but also to identify transnational patterns that help deepen the understanding of the media's role in globalization.
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“Much of the material here identifies new points of discussion and ongoing lines of further investigation … With the continuing development of technology, people’s access to it, and the desire of governments to control that access, the stories of this book linking media and political structures in and across nations and regions in a globalized and globalizing world will continue to be elaborated and enacted for some time.” — Russian Journal of Communication
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At Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Isaac A. Blankson is Associate Professor of Communication and Public Relations and Patrick D. Murphy is Professor of Mass Communications. Murphy is the coeditor (with Marwan M. Kraidy) of Global Media Studies: Ethnographic Perspectives.

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Introduction: Media and Democracy in the Age of Globalization Patrick D. Murphy Murphy, Patrick D. 1

Part I Regional Trends in Media and Democracy

1 Media Independence and Pluralism in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges of Democratization and Liberalization Isaac A. Blankson Blankson, Isaac A. 15

2 Vestiges of Authoritarianism: Monopoly Broadcasting in Central America Rick Rockwell Rockwell, Rick 35

3 Emerging Media Transformations in the New Europe: Past and Future Challenges Noemi Marin Marin, Noemi Laura Lengel Lengel, Laura 51

Part II State Control, Liberalization, and Democratic Reform

4 An Awakening in Cambodia: From Failed State to a Media-Rich Society Drew O. McDaniel McDaniel, Drew O. 77

5 First Democracy in Chinese History: Media's Role in the Democratization of Taiwan Kuldip R. Rampal Rampal, Kuldip R. 99

6 Nigeria: Equivocating while Opening the Broadcast Liberalization Gates Chuka Onwumechili Onwumechili, Chuka 123

7 Media, the State, and the Prodemocracy Movement in Iran Mehdi Semati Semati, Mehdi 143

8 Transformations and Development of the Korean Broadcasting Media Doobo Shim Shim, Doobo Dal Yong Jin Jin, Dal Yong 161

Part III Television, Radio, Globalization, and Democracy

9 Reality Television, Politics, and Democratization in the Arab World Marwan M. Kraidy Kraidy, Marwan M. 179

10 Democracy Sponsored by NAFTA? Mexican Television in the Free Trade Era Kenton T. Wilkinson Wilkinson, Kenton T. 199

11 First Green Is Always Gold: An Examination of the First Private National Channel in Bulgaria Elza Ibroscheva Ibroscheva, Elza Maria Raicheva-StoverRaicheva-Stover, Maria 219

12 Globalization and the Privatization of Radio in Greece: Influences, Issues and Consequences Judy Rene Sims Sims, Judy Rene 239

Notes on the Editors and Contributors 259

Index 265

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