Bank Report Relates Media and Development

24 September 2008

Broadcasting, Voice, and Accountability: A Public Interest Approach to Policy, Law, and Regulation, a World Bank project, is a multi-author, book-length treatment that examines the relationship of the media to governance and development. The report also explores “the enabling environment for the media,” with special emphasis on “promoting plural and independent broadcasting.”

The book is intended as a “toolkit,” according to its authors, who spoke at a World Bank event, and includes an extensive bibliography.  An epilogue sketches a research agenda and some policy prescriptions.

Empowering Independent Media

“Empowering Independent Media” explores ways to educate and support the media internationally, emphasizing the need for more funding, professional development, education, legal assistance, sustainability, and media literacy. It was done by the Center for International Media Assistance at the National Endowment for Democracy.

By Toby McIntosh

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