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

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A free press is not a luxury. It is at the core of equitable development. The media can expose corruption. They can keep a check on public policy by throwing a spotlight on government action. They let people voice diverse opinions on governance and reform, and help build public consensus to bring about change. Such media help markets work better. They can facilitate trade, transmitting ideas and innovation across boundaries. The media are also important for human development, bringing health and education information to remote villages in countries from Uganda to Nicaragua. But as experience has shown, the independence of the media can be fragile and easily compromised. It is clear that to support development, media need the right environment-in terms of freedoms, capacities, and checks and balances. The World Development Report 2002, "Building Institutions for Markets (rep. no. 22825)," devoted a chapter to the role of the media in development. This volume is an extension of that work. It discusses how media affects development outcomes under different circumstances and presents evidence on what policy environment is needed to enable the media to support economic and political markets and to provide a voice for the disenfranchised. To this end, it draws together the views of academics as well as perspectives from those on the front line-journalists themselves.

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  • World Bank, 2002. "The Right to Tell : The Role of Mass Media in Economic Development," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 15212, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbpubs:15212
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    1. Roumeen Islam, 2006. "Does More Transparency Go Along With Better Governance?," Economics and Politics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 18(2), pages 121-167, July.
    2. Luc Peter & Stephanie Barbey & Ajay Tejasvi, 2007. "The FM Revolution in Niger : Radio's Impact on Capacity Development," World Bank Other Operational Studies 9556, The World Bank.
    3. Magnus Carlsson & Dan-Olof Rooth, 2012. "The Power of Media and Changes in Discriminatory Behavior Among Employers," Journal of Media Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 25(2), pages 98-108, February.
    4. Andriantsoa, Pascal & Andriasendrarivony, Nancy & Haggblade, Steven & Minten, Bart & Rakotojaona, Mamy & Rakotovoavy, Frederick & Razafinimanana, Harivelle Sarindra, 2005. "Media proliferation and democratic transition in Africa: The case of Madagascar," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 33(11), pages 1939-1957, November.
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