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Title:The political economy of the media in the Somali conflict
Authors:Stremlau, Nicole
Fantini, Emanuele
Osman, Ridwan M.
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy (ISSN 0305-6244)
Geographic term:Somalia
Subjects:mass media
political economy
State collapse
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/03056244.2015.1048795
Abstract:This article explores the political economy of the media in the context of weak formal state institutions in Somalia. Drawing on literature examining the political economy of war, the authors argue that, rather than being either a system of anarchy or a system in which journalists strive to serve normative functions of a fourth estate, the media in Somalia have their own internal logic that operates according to local norms and rules. This accounts for the media's ability to continue to grow despite the serious security concerns and the absence of strong state institutions and regulations, as well as predictable and regular revenue. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]