Press Freedom and Communication in Africa / Edition 1

Press Freedom and Communication in Africa / Edition 1

by Festus Eribo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0865435510

ISBN-13: 9780865435513

Pub. Date: 01/28/1998

Publisher: Africa World Press

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

Overview

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.

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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