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Title:African media and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) agenda for Africa's emerging democracies
Author:Esan, OluyinkaISNI
Year:2004
Periodical:Africa Media Review (ISSN 0258-4913)
Volume:12
Issue:2
Pages:41-56
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:NEPAD
communication
mass media
Mass media--Political aspects
New Partnership for Africa's Development
New democracies
Abstract:Communication is a lubricant for democratic governance, which in turn facilitates national development. It is expected, then, that the initiative which seeks the development of western-type democracies in Africa, NEPAD, would incorporate an important role for the media. This paper examines the NEPAD agenda and finds that ICT is the only aspect of the media mentioned specifically by NEPAD. The paper proposes distinct ways of engaging the media with the NEPAD development framework. It analyses the context of communication in order to highlight the social structures required for the democratic ideal. It contrasts the liberal model proposed by Habermas with other media theories, arguing that by focusing on political communication the liberal model adopts a restrictive agenda. The democratic ideal calls for media service that does more than privilege politics and politicians; it should not marginalize significant proportions of society. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English and French. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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