International Assistance to Promote Independent Media in Transition and Post-conflict Societies

  • Citation: Kumar, Krishna. “International Assistance to Promote Independent Media in Transition and Post-Conflict Societies.” Democratization 13, no. 4 (2006): 652–67.
    • Topics:
    • Global Development
    • Keywords:
    • international assistance
    • public democracy
    • media
    • post-conflict transition
    • media assistance
    • democratization
    • public diplomacy
    • independent media
    • transitional societies
    • civil society
    • conflict resolution
    • non-governmental actors
    • Afghanistan
    • Bosnia
    • Central America
    • Indonesia
    • Russia
    • Sierra Leone
    • Serbia

This article focuses on an important but neglected area of democracy assistance: international aid to build and strengthen independent media in transition and post-conflict societies. The purpose of such assistance is to promote democratization by facilitating the free flow of information, transparency, accountability in the government, and economic growth. The article describes the origin of media assistance, examines the focus of media programmes, and presents some of the most important policy and programmatic lessons derived from fieldwork in seven locations: Afghanistan, Bosnia, Central America, Indonesia, Russia, Sierra Leone, and Serbia. The article ends with a plea for further research by the academic community on the subject.

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