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This book provides guidelines, tools, and real world examples to help assess and reform the enabling environment for media development that serves public interest goals. It builds on a growing awareness of the role of media and voice in the promotion of transparent and accountable governance, in the empowerment of people to better exercise their rights and hold leaders to account; and in support of equitable development including improved livelihoods, health, and access to education. The book provides development practitioners with an overview of the key policy and regulatory issues involved in supporting freedom of information and expression and enabling independent public service media. Country examples illustrate how these norms have been institutionalized in various contexts.
"Communication rights are what people need, in practice, to 'seek, received and impart information and ideas through any media'. They go well beyond simple freedom of expression - a freedom often enjoyed most by the powerful - to include a right to having your voice heard. The practical approaches to broadcasting promoted in this book puts the wider public interest firmly to the fore, helping to realise communication rights for everyone."
- Seán Ó Siochrú, director of NEXUS Research in Dublin, Ireland, chair of Dublin Community Television, and co-author of Broadcasting, Voice and Accountability: A Public Interest Approach to Policy, Law and Regulation
"Broadcasting has enormous potential to serve important social goals, including informing citizens and fostering participation for development. This book provides a reference tool for those seeking to put in place an enabling environment which can maximise the positive role of broadcasting in society."
- Toby Mendel, Law/Asia Programmes Director, ARTICLE 19, Global Campaign for Free Expression and co-author of Broadcasting, Voice and Accountability: A Public Interest Approach to Policy, Law and Regulation
"This book builds on a growing awareness of the role of media and voice in equipping people to better exercise their rights and hold leaders to account. Broadcasting is the medium with the greatest potential to reach and involve poor, illiterate populations – the most disadvantaged segments of society – in developing countries.
- Kreszentia Duer, New Business Development Leader at the World Bank Institute (Program for Civic Engagement, Empowerment, and Respect for Diversity) and co-author of Broadcasting, Voice and Accountability: A Public Interest Approach to Policy, Law and Regulation