Press Freedom and Communication in Africa / Edition 1

Press Freedom and Communication in Africa / Edition 1

by Festus Eribo
     
 

The significance of press freedom in contemporary society and the attitudes of governments to freedom of expression and democratic practices have taken on a new garment since the end of the cold war. In Africa, a strong awareness of the advantages of a free press and the inalienable rights of the people to unfettered communication has sparked an unstoppable demand for… See more details below

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The significance of press freedom in contemporary society and the attitudes of governments to freedom of expression and democratic practices have taken on a new garment since the end of the cold war. In Africa, a strong awareness of the advantages of a free press and the inalienable rights of the people to unfettered communication has sparked an unstoppable demand for freedom of the press across the continent. The increase in the number of independent newspapers, radio, and television stations on the one hand and the frequency of government censorship of press and arrests of journalists on the other hand are evidence of a continent at a crossroads. In this volume, twenty communications scholars examine, from a variety of perspectives, the past, and present developments in Africa's quest for press freedom. The essays focus on the media in Anglophone, Arabic speaking, Francophone, and Lusophone Africa, capturing the inherent problems and benefits-where they exist-of colonial legacy and the fragility of press freedom in the fledgling post-colonial administrations bedeviled by the underdevelopment and political instability.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865435513
Publisher:
Africa World Press
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
362
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.47(h) x 1.17(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1Press Performance Under Civilian and Military Regimes in Ghana: A Reassessment of Past and Present Knowledge3
2Communication and Press Freedom in Kenya29
3Internal and External Factors Affecting Press Freedom in Nigeria51
4New Media for the New South Africa75
5Changing Perceptions of Press Freedom in Tanzania101
6Press Freedom in Uganda121
7Communication and Press Freedom in Zambia135
8Press Freedom in Zimbabwe157
9Press Freedom in Egypt185
10Press Controls and the Post-Colonial Sudanese Press211
11Reinventing the Democratic Press of Benin243
12Deconstructing the Dialectics of Press Freedom in Cameroon263
13Problems of Press Freedom in Cote d'Ivoire291
14Congo (Zaire): Colonial Legacy, Autocracy and the Press303
15The Elusive Press Freedom in Angola325
Appendix341
Selected Bibliography344

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