Top-Down or Bottom-Up?: Radio in the Service of Democracy: Experiences from South Africa and Namibia

By Ullamaija Kivikuru - 2008

The focus in this article is on two different modes of ‘giving a voice to the voiceless’ in Southern African new democracies, namely South African community radio and its support apparatus, Democracy Radio, and the Namibian People’s Parliament. South African community radio operates within a sphere of its own; it is supposed to be closely linked to the grassroots, while the Namibian contact programmes fall under the auspices of the Namibian Broadcasting Company. There are differences in administrative form, but both models have come up against very similar problems in the design of the content. It is easy to talk about community and grassroots orientation, but to implement such policies is difficult, especially when the basic task is to promote democracy and citizenship.

By Ullamaija Kivikuru| 2008
Categories:  Communication Policy


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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