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In defence of press freedom in Africa : an essay

Author: Tatah Mentan
Publisher: [Oxford, England] : Distributed in and outside N. America by African Books Collective. Mankon, Cameroon : Langaa Research & Publishing CIG, [2015]
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When Africa stumbled into independence in the 1960s, the blossoming of newspapers of nearly every political persuasion was widely hailed as a critical stepping stone toward true multiparty democracy. However, rather than marking a clean break with an authoritarian past, the era of multiparty politics in Africa has been a time of increased hardship and repression for journalists who dare criticize powerful  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tatah Mentan
ISBN: 9789956762064 9956762067
OCLC Number: 923821438
Description: 1 online resource (1 PDF (xxxvi, 57 pages))
Contents: Foreword --
Preface --
Principles of journalism --
African political systems --
Propaganda and censorship --
A statement of concern --
1. The media context --
2. Why does freedom of the press matter? --
3. Patterns of repression --
4. Whose failures? --
5. Conclusion : press censorship and social equilibrium --
Appendix. My final statement of shared purpose.
Responsibility: Tatah Mentan.
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When Africa stumbled into independence in the 1960s, the blossoming of newspapers of nearly every political persuasion was widely hailed as a critical stepping stone toward true multiparty democracy. However, rather than marking a clean break with an authoritarian past, the era of multiparty politics in Africa has been a time of increased hardship and repression for journalists who dare criticize powerful incumbents. Media repression continues to rise. After decades of retreat, authoritarian regimes are using social media and other sophisticated systems in a new era of repression to thwart democracy and trample human rights. For consecutive decades, the state of freedom has declined - more people in more places face more repression. While systemic torture in war-torn Somalia and the return of a military dictatorship in Egypt captured headlines, there is also widespread, insidious and 21st-century style surveillance elsewhere with abuse or imprisonment or both of political activists. For the media to play its role as priests of democracy, Tatah Mentan maintains that media freedom must be rigorously defended as integral to the democratic way of life.

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