Democratizing Global Media: One World, Many Struggles

By Robert A. Hackett, Yuezhi Zhao - 2008

Democratizing Global Media explores the complex relationship between globalizing media and the spread of democracy around the world. An international, interdisciplinary group of journalists and scholars discusses key and often contentious issues such as the power of media, the benefits of media globalization, and the political role of media. More than a critique, Democratizing Global Media offers positive alternatives, from peace journalism to popular movements toward democratizing media and public communication.

A substantial introductory chapter gives a landmark review of the state of the international communication field, discusses· the "democratic deficits" of media in major regions (China, India, United States, Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America), explores the interaction among media, politics, and culture in sites of global contestation (Israel, Iraq, 'transition' societies, global policy institutions), and examines emerging civil society movements to democratize media globally.
Contributors: Arthur-Martins Aginam, Robert A. Hackett, Kai Hafez, Jake Lynch, Robert W. McChesney, Annabel McGoldrick, Jan Oberg, Javier Protzel, Dov Shinar, Seán Ó Siochrú, Colin Sparks, Annabelle Sreberny, Majid Tehranian, Pradip Thomas, and Yuezhi Zhao.

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (2005).

By Robert A. Hackett, Yuezhi Zhao| 2008


Communication rights enable all people everywhere to express themselves individually and collectively by all means of communication. They are vital to full participation in society and are, therefore, universal human rights belonging to every man, woman, and child.


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