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    The Right to Tell: The Role of Media in Economic Development

    An independent press is essential to sound and equitable economic development. The media helps to give a voice to the poor and the disenfranchised. An independent press also provides a solid foundation for a free and transparent society.

    The Right to Tell: The Role of Mass Media in Economic Development contains an outstanding list of contributors from Nobel Prize winner and former World Bank chief economist, Joseph Stiglitz to Robert J. Shiller author of Irrational Exuberance, and Nobel Prize winner and novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

    Contributors to this volume explore the role of the media as a watchdog of government and the corporate sector, and the policies that prevent the media from exercising that role.

    The book assesses the media’s function as transmitters of new ideas and information. It also evaluates the damaging effects that an unethical or irresponsible press can cause to a society.

    2002. 336 pages. ISBN 0-8213-5203-2. SKU 15203. $35.00
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    Press release | Transcript, November 7, 2002

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    "Into the Looking Glass: What the Media Tell and Why"
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